FG To Establish National Blood Service Commission
The Federal Ministry of Health is working on a draft bill for the establishment of a National Blood Service Commission for presentation to the Federal Executive Council (FEC) as an executive bill.
The Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, who stated this in Abuja at an event to commemorate the 2017 World Blood Donor Day,that the bill, if passed into law, would grant the National Blood Transfusion Service (NBTS) the autonomy it requires to carry out its mandate in consonance with global best practices and also ensure regularisation of the appointment of core technical members of staff previously engaged on the programme.
”We are creating the enabling environment for the National Blood Transfusion Service (NBTS) to thrive.”A draft bill for the establishment of a National Blood Service Commission is currently being prepared by my ministry for presentation to the Federal Executive Council as an Executive bill.”
”This will grant the NBTS the autonomy it requires to carry out its mandate in consonance with global best practices,” he said.
The Minister said that emergencies increase the demand for blood transfusion and make its delivery challenging and complex, adding that adequate supplies of safe blood units during emergencies reduces the incidence of mortality arising from severe acute blood losses following obstetric emergencies.
On his part,the World Health Organization (WHO) Country Representative(WR), Dr Wondimagegnehu Alemu called on countries and all the stakeholders involved in blood donations to support and strengthen advocacy for voluntary, unpaid blood donations to maintain adequate supplies of safe blood.
Dr Alemu observed that serious humanitarian crises facing Africa in recent decades have revealed inadequacies of national health systems in most countries to manage health emergencies, including the timely availability, security and the accessibility of blood.
He said five countries were still not screening all units of blood for major transfusion transmitted infections such as hepatitis C and syphilis due to a lack of essential reagents and consumables for blood safety, and the lack of quality management systems in several blood services in the Region.