Dr Lanre Ayomide, a medical practitioner in Benin has commended blood donors for their voluntary and life-saving gift of blood to save lives.
Ayomide made the commendation in an interview with the newsmen in Benin on Friday as the country marks the World Blood Donor Day (WBDD), on June 14.
He said that the World Blood Donor Day provided a global platform to thank individuals who donated blood and to encourage those who had not donated to do so.
According to him, blood donation is when a person voluntarily has blood drawn and used for transfusions and/or made into bio-pharmaceutical medications by a process called fractional (separation of whole-blood components).
“The theme of the 2019 Blood Donor Day is “Blood donation and universal access to safe blood transfusion”.
Ayomide said that the event was ”to raise awareness of the need for safe blood and blood products, and to thank blood donors for their voluntary, life-saving gift of blood.”
“Donation of blood acts as a life-saving operation to replace blood cells or blood products lost through bleeding or due to depression of the bone marrow of a patient,” he said.
He said the aim was to promote the adoption of the Club 25 approach in various countries to encourage a commitment to regular and voluntary blood donation by young people at low risk of transmitting infection through their blood.
Ayomide said that giving out blood helps the body function well and generates fresh blood “which is also good for human health’’.
A report says it’s a day set aside to thank voluntary and unpaid blood donors for donating their blood to save lives.
It is also a day to raise awareness of the need for regular blood donations to ensure that all individuals and communities have access to affordable and timely supplies of safe and quality-assured blood and blood products.