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Refrain From Giving Expired Blood To Patients, DG Warns Hospitals

Refrain From Giving Expired Blood To Patients, DG Warns Hospitals    

Omale Joseph, the Director-General, Nigeria Blood Services Commission, has cautioned hospitals against issuing expired blood to patients, while others are selling blood donated to them by people to keep in their bank.

Joseph said this while addressing journalists in Abuja yesterday over a bill sponsored by Abbas Tajudeen, a member of the House. Information Guide Nigeria

The bill is to establish the National Blood Services Commission.

The DG while answering some questions on why there should be injection of sanity into the process of blood handling, utilisation, and administration in Nigeria, according to him, many health workers in hospitals were cutting corners in the blood administration. jamb results

Joseph also said that blood has a lifespan of 35 days after which it becomes dangerous to use.
According to him, some health workers now sell the blood, donated for free in a big amount of N20,000 and above.

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According to Voice of Nigeria, in DG words: “A unit of blood expires between 30 and 35 days. If you don’t transfuse this blood within that period and it gets to 35 days, it has to be thrown away. But people still keep them in their fridge and transfuse them.

“These are some of the things we are going to regulate which we have started. We are also working to a point that blood will be everywhere in Nigeria. one of the things we are doing is to initiate what we call ” one million safe blood initiatives.

The DG added, “ Another area the Act would help is the issue of increasing the outlets where people can get blood. For example, you rarely get blood banks outside major hospitals.

*The establishment of the commission would ensure that not only state governments and their tertiary hospitals would have blood banks, but every local government should have at least a blood bank so that people in need would be able to access it easily and cheaply.”

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