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Rotary Int’l vows to end blood shortage in Hospitals

By Matthew Ogune, Abuja
09 July 2022   |   3:17 am
The incoming District Governor (DG) of Rotary Club District 9125, Goddy Nnadi has stated the club’s commitment towards expanding blood bank system in the country...

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The incoming District Governor (DG) of Rotary Club District 9125, Goddy Nnadi has stated the club’s commitment towards expanding blood bank system in the country, to make blood available for hospitals.

Nnadi who stated this on Friday in Abuja at a press conference, said the move will lead to increased blood donations and drive in the year 2022/2023.

The DG said his club has been in contact with the National Blood Bank (NBB) and have commenced talks on ways to expand the blood bank system in the country.

He said Rotary will work on empowering its members to donate and create awareness for more Nigerians to donate blood.

“For this year, we are trying to collaborate with the Malaria Institute to work on a project on malaria vaccine for Nigeria. They are having their implementation in Gambia and we are in touch with them to make sure it is extended to Nigeria, so once it is completed we will let you know.

“We intend to work with the National Blood Bank to expand the blood bank system in Nigeria, so that we can help hospitals make blood available, especially for accident victims.

Rotary District 9125 will work with them to first empower members to donate blood and then create awareness for more people to donate blood, so that the blood will be certified and made available for hospitals to use to reduce reoccurring cases of hospitals lacking blood.

“Secondly the issue of mental health is becoming a serious issue. Most times we don’t understand it and if it is not treated early, people might go mental and this is what we are trying to avoid. We will be creating awareness on it and collaborating with so many foreign institutions. We already have two American institutions and another from Switzerland, and the first team will be arriving in September to create sensitisation and treatments.

He added, “we want to also build a 24-hour hospital service in the FCT, that will have our members in the medical field with the support of the FCT Administration. Sometimes we build hospitals and donate to states and communities and it is not well managed; we will be collaborating with partners outside the country to build and equip such hospitals and our members in the medical field will help service patients.”

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