By Abdulwaheed Adubi, (Kaduna) Nigeria
Kaduna Multimedia company in collaboration with the National Blood Transfusion Service, North West Zonal Centre, Kaduna have beef up campaign on the importance of blood donation, saying that donating one pint of blood burns 650 calories in donor’s body.
The Chief Executive Officer of Multimedia, Solomon Soja who disclosed that his company in collaboration with NBTS are targeting 1,000 donors for the exercise, also said that donating blood improves the overall cardiovascular health of the donor.
Speaking during the exercise at the premises of NBTS in Kaduna on Thursday he says: “regular donation of blood helps males in particular to reduce the amount of iron in the blood.
“This can reduce the chance of heart attack by 88% and also regular blood donation can lower the risk of severe cardiovascular vents such as stroke by 33%.
Soja who was encouraged with the turnout of the donors, reiterated its organisation’s commitment towards sensitizing the public on the need to always donate blood, saying by donating blood, many lives are saved.
” As I speak to you now, we have been able to have 960 donors as against our 1000 expected donors. we are short of 40 donors”, Soja said.
The Donor Care Manager, Mrs. Orji Florence lauded the Kaduna Multimedia Company for its initiative in sensitizing the public about the importance and the need for them to donate blood in order to save other people’s life.
“What they have done today is commendable, because donating regularly is associated with lowered risks of cancers, including liver, lung, colon, stomach and throat cancers. Risk levels drop in correlation with how often participants donate blood.
“NBTS has always been in forefront in the campaign for blood donation. We have been to various Mosques, Churches, Schools and even in public places within our jurisdiction of North -West for sensitization”.
A donor, Adejoke Adeyinka, who is a donor for the first time called on public to embrace the habit of blood donation in order to save lives and give hope to those whose situation may otherwise be hopeless.