Low budgetary allocation affecting NBTS operations–Coordinator

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The National Coordinator, National Blood Transfusion Service (NBTS), Dr. Oluwatoyin Smith, has said that low budgetary allocation is affecting its operations.

Speaking at a press briefing in Abuja on Tuesday in commemoration of the World Blood Donor Day, Smith said that effective funding was required to improve service delivery.

According to her, cost implication for the procurement of adequate supplies of blood safety consumables for three months amounts to N100,196,500.

She said this put the cost of one unit of blood at approximately N34, 000 largely as a result of high cost of consumables and maintenance of cold chain.

Smith added that NBTS had sought the approval from the Minister of Health to review the upward Blood Access Fee (BAF) from N2, 000 to N5,000 from June 2017.

”There is need to increase the Blood Access Fee from N2,000 to N5,000  per unit of screened blood particularly in the face of concomitant falling oil price,

She stressed that the money realised from the BAF were mainly used to purchase consumables used in collecting blood from voluntary donors.

The Acting Country Director, U.S. Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Nigeria, Dr. Omotayo Bolu, said that the day was used to raise awareness and dispel myths about blood donation.

According to her, people should not wait until we have an emergency before donating  blood.

“By donating blood, many lives are saved and hope is given to many whose situation might otherwise be hopeless.

“It also brings joy to many. You impact not only the patient whose life may depend on your donation, but also all those who depend on that patient,” she said. (NAN)
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