World Blood Donor Day is commemorated every year on 14th June.
Aigboje Ikhuoria reports that some residents in Benin City donated blood as part of the commemoration of the day. "It's that we always need that blood on the shelf because you never know what could happen or when tragedy could strike", says, Ashley Morgan, Donor Relations Consultant for Community Blood Services of IIlinois. Suleiman Akanmu, who kicked off the exercise yesterday at the LUTH auditorium in Idi-Araba, said the donation demonstrates the volunteers' dedication to saving lives.
Some residents commended blood donors and said they were not aware of the observance of World Blood Donor Day.
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In the words of the press release, donating blood is an active way of helping others and the whole of society 'because each blood donation provides three different blood components, each with its own role in treating patients, it helps up to three different people'.
"Persons needing blood are not just those who have suffered trauma or a violent altercation".
The focus of this year's campaign, What can you do? There is a constant need for regular blood supply because blood can be stored for only a limited time before use.
For him, the media is crucial to disaster response as such powerful medium of communication is needed to channel important information to the public, especially to donate blood. "Being it's World Donor Day, I said I have an opportunity to thank the donors of Hawaii that (because) you donated blood, I am standing here", she said.
Most of the blood donors in the country are Sierra Leone Red Cross volunteers, and because their number is small the National Blood Service Centre, at Connaught Hospital finds it hard to fill the blood bank to capacity.
Blood drive organiser Igol Allen said, "In any area that there are increased levels of violence, there will be an increase of demand for blood".
He added that flooding the blood bank during emergencies tends to have a chaotic effect. You should avoid donating blood if you have an infection and are taking antibiotics.