Saturday, April 19, 2014

Nigerians should develop culture of donating blood, Donor Recruiter says

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Voluntary blood donation can save lives.

The Donor Recruiter with the National Blood Transfusion Service, Ubarieke Chukwudi, on Wednesday called on Nigerians to develop the culture of donating blood to save the lives of others.

Mr. Chukwudi made the call in Gwagwalada, Abuja during a free medical checkup, laboratory testing, and clinical diagnosis organised by a Corps. member, Nche Bikwe, for staff of the Gwagwalada Area Council.

He expressed dismay over the attitude of some Nigerians toward donating blood, saying that voluntary blood donation would ease the stress of looking for donors during emergency.

Mr. Chukwudi said the partnership with Mr. Bikwe on the free medical outreach, stemmed from the belief that the programme would help create an avenue to strengthen awareness on the need to donate blood.

“In donating blood, one of the things we look out for is where we can have the people in large number like this so that we can address them since it is a voluntary thing,” he said.

In his remark, Mr. Bikwe said the initiative followed his interest to impact on his host community as well as to strengthen awareness that some deadly diseases could be prevented.

He said the initiative was aimed at assisting those who could not afford the means to do medical checkup, adding that the free medical programme covered checkup and diagnosis on sugar level, hypertension, hepatitis as well as voluntary blood donation.

Mr. Bikwe said the programme was also targeted at commemorating the World Diabetic Day, adding that the prevalence of non-communicable diseases, like diabetics, hypertension and hepatitis, was on the increase.

He called for support to strengthen awareness in the fight against non-communicable diseases, adding that it was a collective responsibility.

He identified obesity, excessive intake of alcohol, lack of exercise, excessive intake of sugar as well malnutrition, as risk factors to non-communicable diseases.

The Officer in charge of Community Development at the Gwagwalada Zonal Office of the National Youth Service Corps, Haiwa Kwajafa, commended Mr. Bikwe for the initiative.

He pledged the commitment of the office to continue to support corps members embarking on community development projects.

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