As the world marks the 2021 blood donor day, youths have been called upon to be at the forefront of activities and initiatives aimed at achieving safe blood supplies through voluntary, non-remunerated blood donations.
World Blood Donor Day, designated in 2005 by World Health Assembly, is celebrated every 14th June to thank blood donors and raise awareness about global need for safe blood and how everyone can contribute.
The objectives of this year’s world blood donor day include to promote community values of blood donation in enhancing community solidarity and social cohesion, With the theme, “Give blood and keep the world beating”, this year’s event has special focus on the role of young people in ensuring a safe blood supply for improved healthcare services.
The benefits of blood donation to the donor as explained by Former Manager of a hospital in Abba, Rev. Fr. Christopher Eze, said voluntary blood donation is a charitable deed which attracts God’s blessing, while Medical Laboratory Scientists at the Nnamdi Azikiwe University Teaching Hospital, Nnewi, Mr. Israel Okorie, and Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University Teaching Hospital, Awka, Mr. Jude Nwabueze, said when properly screened, blood transfusion reduces the donor’s risk of cancer, cardiovascular diseases, heart attacks among other health benefits.
Anambra State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Vincent Okpala, who acknowledged the importance of availability of safe blood in healthcare services, said among other measures, the State Government introduced “smart drone blood delivery system” to help in speedy conveyance of blood to hard-to-reach areas in the State.