Abuja – The Minister of Health, Prof. Onyebuchi Chukwu, on Thursday donated blood to the National Blood Transfusion Service (NBTS) in Abuja to commemorate the 2012 World Blood Donor Day.
The World Blood Donor day is dedicated to thanking and celebrating voluntary non-remunerated blood donors for saving millions of lives of needy patients.
The theme for the 2012 World Blood Donor Day is `Every blood donor is a hero’, focusing on the idea that whoever donates blood is a hero.
The minister urged Nigerians to donate blood as it helped to save the lives of people, just as he applauded Nigerians who had donated blood.
He also called on the media to help create awareness on the importance of blood donation.
“I call on Nigerians to donate blood today and save a life”
The National Coordinator of the centre, Dr Oluwatoyin Smith, commended the minister for his leadership example.
“The minister has shown leadership example by donating blood today, to help save a life and we call on well meaning Nigerians to follow this example and be part of the this noble act.”
Also that some people were seen at the centre waiting to donate blood.
The WHO chose June 14 as the day to recognise the millions of people who save lives and improve the health of others by donating blood.
The day highlights the need to regularly give blood to prevent shortages in hospitals and clinics, particularly in developing countries where quantities of blood are very limited