It has be proven that voluntary blood donation has remained the most reliable and safest way of providing blood and blood products in all blood banks in order to save lives without any risks of transmitting diseases or complications.
According to data from the National Blood Transfusion Services (NBTS), the estimated blood needs in Nigeria averages 1.4 -1.7 million units per annum. Voluntary/non-remunerated blood donation accounts for 10 per cent of total blood collection
Voluntary blood donation would save the lives of women who lose their lives during child birth due to anaemia. It could as well reduce maternal mortality and help those patients that are suffering from blood related diseases such as sickle cell anaemia, victims of gunshot injuries, accident victims amongst others.
People feel pained when patients die because of lack of blood. Nigerians should develop the habit of engaging in voluntary blood donation so as to save lives, a person that saves a life is as if he has saved the whole world.
Blood transfusion is an essential component of healthcare and contributes to saving millions of lives annually in routine and emergency situations. It improves life expectancy and quality of life of patients with a variety of acute and chronic conditions.
People with chronic disorders, cancer of the blood, accident victims, pregnant women, and fire outbreak victims can benefit from the pint of blood you are donating.
There is this wrong assumptions that a person can die while donating blood rather explained that blood donation is very therapeutic against all the myths that are associated with blood donations in Nigeria.
Also, It is ideal for people to donate blood at least twice annually as more blood cells are replaced and the donor becomes more happier and healthier. whether a person donates blood or not, every 120 days, the red blood cells are naturally replaced, so it is advisable to give blood to save lives.
With regular donation, you are at a great advantage not to develop diseases associated with heart problems because you have made your heart work at a pace that is proportional to your body mass.
It should be noted that blood collected would be screened for HIV, hepatitis B & C among others.