December 8th is National Blood Donor Day – NBSC
To ensure an adequate supply of blood to the nation’s health facility, the federal government has declared December 8th as Nigeria’s National Blood Donor Day.
Reacting to this, the Acting Zonal Director, National Blood Service Commission, NBSC, South West Zonal Center, Ibadan, Dr Oladapo Aworanti said the step was to increase the act of voluntary blood donation and to appreciate donors.
Contrary to insinuations that setting aside another day for blood donation apart from International Day was a duplication of efforts, Dr Aworanti explained that the measure was to increase the blood pool across the country and to ensure the availability of blood in December when blood donation is reduced.
Dr Aworanti mentioned also that December was significant due to the festivities, increased vehicular movement and likelihood of road crashes.