Hematologist states benefits of blood donation




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By Kemi Akintokun

 

  -Dr Adebukola Alli, a consultant hematologist at the Alimosho General , Igando in , has said that the importance of blood cannot be over emphasised.

Alli said it on when the Life Savers International, a blood body, in conjunction the Transfusion Services, held its September edition of blood drive at the Alimosho General in Igando.

Speaking at the event, Dr Alli said that donating blood is a service to humanity that a donor saves than a life; as every unit of blood is broken into several other units, hard cells, platelets and plasma.

She said: “Donating blood brings an inner joy and a true sense of fulfillment as a human.

“It helps in the replacement of fresh blood cells, improves oxygenation, reduces diseases like gastric and reduction in heart disease.

“The process is a life saver at sections in Mother Centres, which has a high demand for blood as a result of bleeding by mothers after birth and others.’’

According to her, donating blood every three to four months reduces stress and serves as anti ageing factor.

The hematologist, however, tasked intending donors to practice healthy lifestyles.

Mr Taiwo Akinsanya, the co-founder of Life Savers, also said that the created awareness about blood to ensure availability of blood and safe water as essentials that keep life going.

Akinsanya said that the body was committed to create awareness and encourage a series of periodic blood donation drive to further sustain the programme.

“This is what we do and we are very passionate about this because it is all about life saving.

“We are very committed to this and we hope others will join us,’’ he said.

A voluntary donor the non-profit making , Miss Nimotala Abari, expressed her excitement at the ongoing blood drive.

Abari said that it was always amazing to save life without spending , except the gift of blood to humanity.

The donor appealed to Nigerians to give back to humanity by donating blood.

(NAN)