National Blood Transfusion Service (NBTS), has raised alarm over a daily reduction in the number of blood donors across the country.
Through its Donor Care Manager,Jane Akubuiro who made this known to newsmen today, in Abuja, said about 3o donors were expected per day to be able to cater for the needs of the public.
She was however worried that they only recorded about five walk-in donors on the average per day recently.
She assured would-be donors of safety, saying “there will be adequate medical test for them to ascertain whether or not they are fit to donate or not.
“There will be Haemoglobin level test, pulse rate check, blood pressure check, weight check and other body checks.
“Blood is also tested for blood group and screened for some major blood-borne diseases which the donor is immediately informed in strict confidentially if any of these tests show positive results.”
Worried that there may be misconceptions that blood donation is dangerous, she said “when blood is withdrawn the donor’s body immediately begins to replenish the lost blood.
“New cells are produced by the marrow within 48 hours of donation, and all of the red blood cells the donor loses during donation are completely replaced within one to two months.
“Therefore, donating blood helps to stimulate the production of new blood cells which helps the body stay healthy and work more efficiently.”
Mrs Akubuiro said NBTS would organise a donor’s week to host and entertain donors at the Institute of Human Virology, Nigeria (IHVN), Abuja, as part activities marking the World Blood Donor Day on June 14.
She begged philantrophist to donate food and drinks to donors on the day.