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IHVN CEO Calls Public to Voluntarily Donate Blood


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The Chief Executive Officer of the Institute of Human Virology Nigeria (IHVN), Dr. Patrick Dakum, has called on the public to donate blood voluntarily to save lives. Dr. Dakum made this call during a blood drive in Abuja organized by the Institute and the National Blood Transfusion Service (NBTS) to mark World Blood Donor Day 2018.

“Like you do know, many lives are lost as a result of loss of blood through several means; road accidents, obstetric complications and several kinds of diseases,” he said adding that “the greatest benefit of blood donation that anyone can get is in participating to save another person’s life. I think in the FCT alone, if we can get a minimum of 500,000 people to donate blood voluntarily, that will be a great one,” he added.

Dr. Dakum stated that the Institute will continually support the hospitals that it works with to raise awareness on blood safety.

imagesAt the drive to mark the day, 57 people voluntarily donated blood after being screened and certified as fit. NBTS Abuja Donor Care Manager, Mrs. Jane Akubuiro said that prospective donors should “weight 50kg and above, be healthy, shouldn’t be breastfeeding, should not be on drugs or taking treatment and should be between the ages of 18 and 65.” She added that the blood levels of donors are also checked.

A regular donor, Engineer Okechukwu Ezeibe said that, “before I donate, they check my PCV to see if I am fit or not. I donate to save lives every three months. I have a very rare blood type, O negative. I’m a voluntary blood donor and I don’t joke with it” he said. Happiness Itoro, who is a second time donor and donated at the drive, said she was motivated to donate because she has lost an aunty due to loss of blood. “I donate to help others so that people will not die for lack of blood,” she said.

The 2018 theme for World Blood Donor Day is, “Be there for someone else. Give blood. Share life.” The Day draws attention to the roles that voluntary donation systems play in encouraging people to care for one another and generate social ties and a united community. It also serves to thank voluntary, unpaid blood donors for their life-saving gifts of blood.

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