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Zonal Director National Blood service commission southwest Zone, Dr Oladapo Àwòránti has advised Nigerians who are fond of selling blood to patients rather than donating it to desist from the act saying such negate the rule of humanitarian service.

Dr Àwòránti gave the advise during a road walk to commemorate this year’s world blood donor day in ibadan.
The NBSC southwest Zonal Director explained that blood transfusion is free as such it should be given free to save human life.

Dr Àwòránti who led the road walk explained that the exercise was aimed at creating more awareness on need to always donate blood to save lives as well as appreciate blood donors in the state.
In their seperate submissions, President medical women Association of Nigeria, Dr Adekemi Otolorin and representative of the department of Haemology, University College Hospital, Dr Wuraola Shokunmi decried the low level of compliance of Nigerians towards blood donation, saying all and sundry should desist from behaviours, cultural and religious beliefs that negate blood donation.

The health workers said blood shortage is a problem that could occur to human adding that the challenge of blood insufficiency could be better addressed through collaboration and demonstration of selflessness by donors.

Chief medical director, university college hospital, UCH, Professor Jessie Otegbayo urged the participants to continue to serve humanity without bias.

Aside blood donors that expressed readiness to donate more blood to save lives, the road which took off from the commission’s office at total garden terminated at Mokola roundabout.
The theme for this world blood donor day is “donating blood is an act of solidarity; join the effort to save lives”

Fasilat Lawal.

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