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World blood donor day

The World Health Organization states that Nigeria—with its population of roughly 200 million people—needs an average of 1.8milion pints of blood every year to save lives. Interestingly, the National Blood Transfusion Service (NBTS, the agency in charge of blood donation in Nigeria) as of 2021, states that it collects about 500,000 pints of blood annually—less than 50% of the required amount.

Data given by the NBTS also shows that only 8% of Nigerians donate freely—80% of whom are relatives to the people in need—and 14% for monetary gain.

With the data above, there is much work to be done in pushing for increased voluntary blood donations. Yet, the roadblocks of ignorance, religious and cultural beliefs remain almost insurmountable.

The theme of this year's World Blood Donor Day —“Donating blood is an act of solidarity. Join the effort and save lives”— is a simple yet timely reminder that much of the work can be done by you, yes you!

A body weight of at least 50kg (110 pounds), age of not less than 18 years with a good state of health—certain health conditions, pregnancy can limit you—are the barest minimum requirements for you to donate blood in Nigeria. You will be advised to eat a good breakfast or lunch, drink lots of fluids and get proper rest before donating.

Interestingly, your body begins to replenish the lost blood by producing new cells within 48 hours of donation.

What are you waiting for? A pint you donate today can save a life or more.

CC: Racheal Torty

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