Establishes links with 26 hospital in North West

The National Blood Transfusion Service (NBTS) centre in Kaduna collected 1,423 pints of blood in the first five months of this year, Dr Abigail Bozegha, the North West Zonal Coordinator of the service, said on Friday.

She said that the blood was screened and distributed to needy patients within the period under review.

However, according to her, the amount of blood collected was grossly inadequate compared to the estimated 35.7 million people in the region, comprising Kaduna, Kebbi, Sokoto, Zamfara, Katsina, Jigawa and Kano states.

The coordinator said that the NBTS had established links with 26 hospitals in the zone, including public and private health institutions.

“Family and paid donors have remained part of our major challenge to achieving the safe blood programme,” she said.

Bozegha advised those in need of blood to ensure that they got blood from ‘a safe source’ and urged people in need of blood to patronise the nearest NBTS centres for their needs.

She also urged media practitioners in the country to raise public awareness on the importance of safe voluntary blood donation to save lives.

“We  in NBTS cannot succeed in our operations without the media support,” she said, “We need you to enlighten the public on the importance of voluntary safe blood donation to save lives.”

According to her, high cost of funding media activities and weak public-private -partnership with donor agencies were impairing NBTS visibility.

In his remarks, Dr Mansur Tukur, a health media facilitator, stressed the need for an effective partnership to fast-track the operations of the NBTS in the country.

Tukur appealed to journalists to adopt new strategies toward an increased and sustainable public awareness on safe blood donation.

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