Zaria - Dr Aliyu Ahmadu-Babadoko, Head of Haematology Department at the Ahmadu Bello University Teaching Hospital (ABUTH) in Zaria, has expressed concern over the low number of blood donors visiting the hospital.
Ahmadu-Babadoko said the patronage stood at only three per cent.
He disclosed this at the World Blood Day Celebration organised by the department at Shika in Zaria, Kaduna State, on Sunday.
He said the department had received about 10,000 units of blood from volunteer donors within the hospital community in the last 12 months.
The head of department assured that once blood was donated it will be given out to those in need on a token amount meant to take care of blood processing before using it.
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Speaking on the importance of blood donation, a Professor of Haematology, Aisha Mamman, said the celebration was to honour Carl Landsteiner who discovered the idea of blood group safety on a global scale.
Mamman said that in view of the fact that blood had many components, if a person donated blood, he or she was donating for many people.
She said that it would also help in bringing people back to normal life, apart from facilitating calmness into people.
Mamman, therefore, stressed the need for people to always visit designated centres for blood donation in order to assist the less privileged people in need of blood.
The United Nations had set aside June 14 of each year as World Blood Day.