As the world marks World Blood Donor Day, today, Tuesday June 14, the World Health Organization (WHO) has called on donation of blood to save lives of millions around the world.

According to WHO Regional Director, blood donation saves the lives of millions of people around the world.

He added: “It also supports complex medical and surgical procedures and is an essential component of health care during man-made and natural disasters.

“However, in many countries, the demand for blood exceeds available supplies. As a result, blood services face challenges in making sufficient blood available, while also ensuring its quality and safety”.

He continued: “As we celebrate the World Blood Donor Day around the world, this event serves to thank voluntary, unpaid blood donors for their life-saving gift of blood and to raise awareness of the need for regular blood donations to ensure the quality, safety and availability of blood and blood products for patients in need”.

The director explained further that World Blood Donor Day is an opportunity to urge leaders in the health sector to commit to do their utmost to ensure sufficiency in safe blood and blood products based on 100% voluntary, unpaid donations.

He thanked those who regularly gave blood and encouraged others to start doing same.

Author: Ope Adedeji