Wednesday 20th September, 2017
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Expert harps on importance of blood donation

Expert harps on importance of blood donation

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.