[Audio] COVID-19: Haematologist urges Nigerians to donate blood to reduce fatality

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A Consultant Haematologist at the Federal Ministry of Health, Dr Uche Nwokwu, has urged Nigerians to donate blood to reduce Coronavirus (COVID-19) fatality and to save lives of those in need of blood.

Nwokwu made the call in an interview with News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja to commemorate the World Blood Donor Day (WBDD).

WBDD is celebrated every June 14, to raise awareness of the need for save blood and blood products and to thank blood donors for their life-saving gifts of blood.

“The people who are dying – the fatalities – are more of those who have underlying diseases and those underlying diseases may require blood transfusion.

“If their haemoglobin concentrations were optimal, they may have survived better  the case as it is now.

“This type of pandemic is very critical because those patients who require blood transfusion, despite the pandemic; they are people that have other illnesses that also require blood.

“The pandemic period is even a time that many more people can donate, if you ask me, I will say, those who can’t donate PPE (Personal Protective Equipment), money, can donate blood.

“Blood donation is a way of giving back to the society, giving back to humanity and giving back to our immediate environment in terms of contributing toward fighting COVID-19.’’

Source : NAN

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