Transfusion of unscreened blood causes deaths in Zamfara – NMA

FILE PHOTO: A researcher, Dr Adebayo Ajala, who began donating blood for over 20 years, donating again at the 2017 World Blood Donors Day at the University College Hospital Ibadan on
Wednesday (14/6/17).
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FILE PHOTO: A researcher, Dr Adebayo Ajala, who began donating blood for over 20 years, donating again at the 2017 World Blood Donors Day at the University College Hospital Ibadan on Wednesday (14/6/17). 03239/14/6/2017/Esther Bode-Are/BJO/NAN

The Zamfara State Chapter of the Nigeria Medical Association, NMA, has decried the administration of unscreened blood to patients in the state.

The Secretary of the association, Mannir Bature, made the condemnation in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Gusau on Wednesday.

“The association is disturbed over the increasing complaints of patients dying in hospitals and clinics across the state.

“We followed it up by taking a tour of health facilities in the state and discovered that a large percentage of the people who lost their lives were those who underwent blood transfusion.”

Mr. Bature attributed the problem to unqualified medical personnel performing blood transfusion when they were not supposed to do so.

“Some health workers never waited to confirm whether or not the patients required blood before transfusing them.

“Since there are inadequate blood screening equipment in many health facilities, some patients were either given the wrong blood type or blood that was infected with diseases.”

Mr. Bature urged the state government to provide at least one blood screening centre in each of the three senatorial districts in the state.

According to him, at the moment, only the Yariman Bakura Specialist Hospital, the Federal Medical Centre in Gusau and the MSF Hospital in Anka have blood screening facilities.

He also recommended that qualified personnel should lead the team of personnel screening blood so that the basic checks of HIV, Hepatitis, Syphilis and Malaria would be conducted on all blood brought into hospitals.

Mr. Bature said that the NMA would also ensure that blood cross match and save many lives in the state.

The NMA secretary said that the association had already alerted the state government on the issue and made recommendations on how to stop the unethical trend.

(NAN)


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  • Enemona

    The same state where the governor thinks people suffer ailments because they are not close to God and he is busy stealing funds to buy choice houses overseas and to buy hotels in Lagos. This is the end result of his actions. We keep Evans, the kidnapper, in the news yet let off worse criminals such as Yari, his fellow governors and other political officeholders in the country. Call it a warped priority and you are right.

  • realist

    Indication that blood transfusion is not an alternative treatment for humans. No one obtain blood screen or not screen that can have his life the same again. He must continue to nurse one complication or the other untill death. No wonder that our creator decree that no human should eat blood, with death as a penalty- Leviticus 7: 26, 27.