In a bid to save lives and contribute greatly to the healthcare of Nigerians, the National Blood Transfusion Service (NBTS) in collaboration with Trauma Care International Foundation has organised a national blood donor registration across the country, aimed at bridging the ever-increasing gap between the demand and supply of blood in Nigeria.
The Coordinator, Trauma Care Foundation, Abuja Chris Otabor while briefing newsmen today during the campaign for registration of voluntary blood donors, said the objective of campaign was to get minimum of 10, 000 persons that would register and regularly donate safe and quality blood voluntarily, for use in hospitals.
He noted that the registration which will take place in four different centres in Abuja tomorrow will hold at NBTS Headquarters Wuse, Alliance Hospital Garki, Karu, and Kubwa respectively.
Otabor who is also the Managing Director, Alliance Hospital Abuja, said the aim is to meet up with the 1.8 million units of blood required annually in Nigeria to meet the blood need of patients in hospitals.
He called on Nigerians to come out in masses and register and donate blood as the national blood bank is gradually drying up.
Also speaking, the acting coordinator, NBTS, Abuja center, Mrs Janet Agba, expressed concern over the daily decline in the number of blood donors in the country.
Agba who called Nigerians to support the center by saving lives, noted that regular blood donors, aside other health benefits, enjoy longevity and good health due to regular exit and replacement of Red Blood Cells after every 120 days.
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