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Health group wants Nigerian youths to donate blood

Lagos, Jan. 4, 2019 (NAN) –  Mr Ikechukwu Oleka, President, Haima Health Initiative, on Friday advised youths to cultivate the culture of blood donation to address shortage of blood in blood banks across Nigeria.

Fielding questions with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos, South West Nigeria, Oleka said the issue of persistent blood shortage could be tackled if youths were sensitised on the benefits of blood donation.

« It is no longer news that there is blood shortage in the country and thousands have lost their lives due to this.

« One of the major ways to curb this problem is by sensitising the youths to embrace blood donation to save lives and to enjoy the health benefits of donating blood.

« It reduces cholesterol, gives the body the opportunity to produce new blood and allows you to live a healthy life, » he said.

He said that cultural myths, misconceptions and inadequate designated blood donation centres were some of the reasons people shy away from donating blood.

He also said that through his initiative, over 1,000 donors and patients in need of blood had been linked across the country.

« And we are still willing to work to increase the number this year.

« We have programmes planned for this year targeted at getting more donors so that we can reach out to people in need of blood.

« We intend to take our blood drive campaign to schools and NYSC orientation camps across the country, » he said.

NAN reports that Haima Health Initiative is a body which links patients and hospital with voluntary donors. (NAN)