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COVID-19: Foundation urges Nigerians to embrace culture of voluntary blood donation

COVID-19: Foundation urges Nigerians to embrace culture of voluntary blood donation

By Chioma Obinna With COVID-19 affecting the availability of blood products in blood banks across the country, Sound Alliance Foundation, SAF, has urged Nigerians to cultivate the culture of voluntary blood donation as it does not only save lives but guarantees good cardiovascular health for donors. Speaking in Lagos during a blood donation drive to
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Blood donation saves lives, yours too

Anyone that has ever donated blood would agree that it is not a big deal. But Nigerians are not in the general habit of donating blood. Why? Part of the problem is steeped in ignorance. The level of ignorance is much. Worse still, the blood transfusion system in Nigeria is still poorly developed as a number of centrs depend on paid donors with questionable health status prior to blood donations. Nigeria is still highly reliant on family replacement and paid donors. Less than 10 percent of donations in Nigeria are from voluntary donors.

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