The 2021 world blood donor day was celebrated in grand style with a blood donor drive held by The Association of Resident Doctors Kaduna branch in partnership with the Department of Haematology, Ahmadu Bello University Teaching Hospital, Zaria.
The world blood donor day was first organized in 2005, through the efforts of the World Health Organization and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies to sensitize the public on the need for safe blood and blood products as well as thank and encourage blood donors. The world blood donor day is one of the 11 global public health campaigns marked yearly by the World Health Organization.
The world blood donor day occurs every year on the 14th of June, to raise awareness on the need for safe blood transfusion. The actions of blood donors have helped save countless lives worldwide as well as improve the quality of life of other patients like sickle cell patients. For 2021, the World Blood Donor Day slogan is; ‘Give blood and keep the world beating.’
It is a yearly tradition for The Association of Resident Doctors Kaduna and the Department of Haematology, Ahmadu Bello University Teaching Hospital, Zaria to celebrate world blood donor day with a blood drive. Other partners include Ahmadu Bello University Medical Students Association, Association of Resident Doctors ABUTH Zaria, Student Representative Council of the University, Sickle Cell Warriors Awareness and Support (SWCAS) and Safiyyah Sickle Cell Foundation. The rest include the Medical Women’s Association of Nigeria,Islamic Medical Association of Nigeria (IMAN), The Waziri Foundation, Sun Pharma and 3logy. This time around, the blood drive held at the Love Garden in Ahmadu Bello University’s main campus Samaru and started around 9 am.
The atmosphere was kept lively by the DJ as students and other blood donors milled around the grounds partaking in the exercise. Several blood tests including, blood group, genotype, PCV, hepatitis and HIV status were conducted free for all donors. Donors were gifted with lots of souvenirs like jotters, shirts and refreshments.
Responding to questions during the event, Dr Waziri, of the Haematology unit, ABUTH Shika, said “donating blood keeps the world beating because you never know whose life whose life you will be saving.”
The event rounded up at 6 pm and at the end of the day where an impressive total of 135 pints of blood was gotten.