The Chief Phlebotomist of the National Blood Transfusion Service (NBTS), Mr Una Samson, has called on Nigerians to donate blood in order to save the lives of patients who are desperately in need of it, especially those having cancers and other non-communicable diseases.
Samson made the call at the Federal Medical Center (FMC), Bida, during a recent NBTS blood donation exercise in collaboration with the Association of Resident Doctors (ARD) of the hospital.
He explained that voluntary blood donation is good for the body, adding that it does not only reduce the chances of having cancer but also reduces blood pressure..
He added that another benefit of blood donation is the reduction of bad cholesterol ratio in the blood and that it also reduces blood glucose level and HBAIC.
The medical expert also stressed that blood donation helps to reduce blood viscosity, reiterating that, “research has proved that repeated blood donation may help the blood flow in a way that is less damaging to the limning of the blood vessel and could result in fewer arterial blockages.”
He further explained that blood donation is good for the body as its helps to remove excess blood that makes the heart pump faster than it should.
While emphasizing the need for regular blood donation, the medical experts revealed that having excess blood in the body causes headache, and dizziness.