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ONYEBUCHI - Govt will establish blood centres in 2013
Govt will establish blood centres in 2013
The Federal Government plans to establish two blood Components Production centres (BCPC) next year, Health Minister Prof. ONYEBUCHI Chukwu has said.
Speaking during the World blood Donor Day, Chukwu said the two centres would serve as pilot sites.
Noting that there are still challenges and over 206,000 unit deficits in the yearly requirement for blood, he said, 80 blood bank refrigeration units would be distributed to hospitals and National blood Transfusion (NBT) centres nationwide
He said: "To ensure that it derived maximum benefit from every unit of blood donated, the government has committed itself to establishing two (BCPC) centres in the country by the end of 2013.
"The two centres will serve as pilot sites while efforts are on-going to scale up our services. I have also directed the distribution of 80 blood bank refrigerating units to hospitals and NBT centres nationwide.
"I have approved that all hospitals should have blood transfusion committees to ensure the effective implementation of the National blood Policy and Operational guidelines on the rational use of blood in hospitals."
He decried the present statistics where 60 per cent of blood donations are from commercial donors: family replacement, 30 per cent and from voluntary donors 10 per cent.
"The estimated total number of blood units needed in Nigeria each year is 1,336,000 which represents 0.8 per cent of Nigeria’s population. However, approximately 1,130,000 units of blood are collected annually through the various types of donations, leaving a deficit of over 206,000 units.
"This deficit, alongside infected blood units collected via unsafe practices and from donors with high risk behaviours, results in numerous preventable deaths, especially among women and children and people living with HIV/AIDS. This can be avoided if only two per cent of our adult population commit themselves to regular voluntary non-remunerated blood donation."
On the occasion, the highest voluntary blood donor, Mr John Akpan, who has donated blood 31 times was given award along with other donors.
Also, Commissioner for Health, Lagos State, Dr Jide Idris, has appealed to residents in the state to donate blood voluntarily and regularly.
According to him, not less than 54 percent of the blood supply required yearly in the state is collected.
Idris, who spoke at the event to mark the World blood Donor Day appealed for more voluntary donation to boost the state’s blood supply.
Quoting the World Health Organisation (WHO), Idris represented by the Special Adviser to the Governor on Hublic Health, Dr Yewande Adeshina, said every country needs at least one per cent of its population to donate blood once a year to meet its requirements.
The commissioner, who was passionate in its appeal, noted that less than 100,000 units of blood are collected yearly in the state, stressing that, at least, 185,000 units are needed by the state due to its large population.
Idris said General Hospitals in the state have been equipped with modern blood banking equipment to make sure safe blood is available for transfusion.
On the benefits of voluntary blood donation, an expert at the Lagos University Teaching Hospital’s Department of Haematology and blood Transfusion, Prof. Sulaimon Akanmu, who was the Guest Lecturer said: "Less than 10 per cent of blood transfused in Nigeria is from voluntary donors and about 95 per cent of the blood collected in the country is from family replacement donors".
According to Akanmu, a country with poor voluntary blood donation record stands a higher risk of getting its people infected with plasma-borne diseases.
He said: "It is the voluntary donor that is very likely to say the truth about his or her history.
"Even majority of the people we refer to as family replacement donors are indeed touts who collect money to donate blood.
"But indications show that there is a public phobia for donating blood. But I must say that it is 100 per cent safe to donate blood."
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