By abiodunbalo • 12th Mar 2019 • 14 views • 1 comments

ABUJA – Dr. Shabihul Hassan, the Chief Medical

Director (CMD) of Dr. Hassan’s Hospital,

Monday identified strong private sector

involvement and participation in blood

donation drive as a panacea for making blood

and related products accessible to Nigerians in

critical conditions.

Hassan made this known at a blood donation

drive organised by Manal Hassan Foundation in

conjunction with his hospital with support from

the National Blood Transfusion Service (NBTS).

Saying, blood donation is the best thing

someone can do to his fellow human being.

He, however, disclosed that the Manal Hassan

Foundation has concluded plans to eliminate the

N5,000 access charge being demanded from

patients whenever they need blood.

This, he said, was to enable patients get blood

free of charge.

Dr. Hassan said, “The main role of this

foundation is that it would bear all the expenses

involved other than the blood that has been

donated. Essentially, the blood that has been

collected would get to the recipient free of


He further stated, “So we will basically try to

compliment the efforts of the government as

much as possible. We believe that the private

sector must play a major role in the policies of


He said, “Our objective is that, as much as

possible, over the next few years, this

Foundation will be able to provide free blood to

all who need it without them having to pay a

kobo for it. The Foundation will also arrange to

donate the blood wherever it is possible.”

Speaking on the arrangements on ground to get

the blood to those who need it across the

country free of charge, the CMD said, “Our

Foundation has six ambulances in the hospital;

if we are informed that blood is needed

somewhere, whether we are going to pick it

from the Blood Bank in our hospital or at the

agency, we will bear the expenses and see to it

that the blood is picked and dropped at the

place where it is needed.”

Earlier, the Director, Medical Laboratory

Services of the Dr. Hassan’s Hospital, Dr.

Godswill Okara, disclosed that the Foundation

was founded out of the concern and

appreciation of the need to save lives and to

also emphasis the need for people to develop

and cultivate the habit of free voluntary


He added, “Manal Hassan Foundation is also

looking forward to also ensuring blood

component preparation.

He stressed, “In the Manal Foundation, we are

looking forward to being able to produce blood

components, either fresh plasma, platelets,

compliment, white blood cells and the rest of it

that could be needed for various patients.”

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