Vanguard news reported that medical experts in Benin City, Edo State, recently raised alarm that excess blood in the body is dangerous to health, while at the same time they urged Nigerians, particularly the rich to do blood donations every six months to save the lives of those in need of blood.
Declaring the free blood donation open, the Edo State Commissioner for Health, Dr. David Osifo, who stressed the need for Nigerians to donate blood to the needy, lamented that ¨as a consultant paediatrician, one of the greatest challenges he faces when operating a patient is bleeding.
“You sent for blood and they tell you there is no blood and the patient passes away. And you also know that ordinary malaria fever is still killing our children because they are short of blood and there is no blood to transfuse them and this could lead to death.
¨Or because the parents could not afford blood, a pint of blood is about N6,000 and they can´t afford it and they just watch helplessly and agonizingly to see their child dying. We felt that should not happen at this time. We may not be able to transform our health institution to a standard that is attained abroad, but the little things we can do to save our people´s life, we felt we should do that.”