16 December 2020 by Florence Adewale
The Federal Government has launched a ten year National Blood Transfusion Service strategic plan to increase access to safe and effective blood transfusion in the Country.
At the inauguration in Abuja, the Minister of Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire said the strategic plan would go a long way to ensure prompt availability of blood demands in hospitals to save lives.
The Minister who was represented by his Technical Assistant, Dr. Chris Osokpunwu said it would assist the Federal Government actualise its plan to meet the healthcare needs of the citizenry.
In an address, the National Coordinator, National Blood Transfusion Service, Dr. Joseph Amedu explained that the Agency had put in place several initiatives and keyed into the World Health Organization’s action framework to advance access to safe, effective and quality blood transfusion.
He stressed further that the agency had proposed the One Million Safe Blood Units
Initiative (OMSBUI) to fasttrack establishment of a National Strategic
Safe Blood Reserve for Nigeria.
“This will not only provide adequate safe blood for the Country but
also serve as a source of raw materials for producing blood components
and plasma derived medicinal products,’’ he said.
Presenting the plan, the Head, Planning Research and Statistics, National Blood Transfusion Service, Dr Adaeze Oreh said the agency had proposed to spend four two point three billion dollars for the ten years and solicited support of stakeholders to ensure its inclusion in the budget of Government Agencies and Departments for adequate Implementation.
In a massage, the Minister of State for Health , Dr Olorunnibe Mamora stressed the need to
prioritise access to safe blood to reduce
maternal and child mortality, trauma from road traffic crashes,
conflict and insurgency.
Dr. Mamora, represented by his Special Assistant, Dr Nneka Orji,said prioritising safe blood
would also reduce the practice of transfusion of contaminated and
infected blood and blood products.