HOW IS NIGERIA’S BLOOD SUPPLY CHAIN SYSTEM

HOW IS NIGERIA’S BLOOD SUPPLY CHAIN SYSTEM

Out of every one person out of ten hospitals daily need some kind of blood transfusion as a cornerstone of medicine necessary to replace blood and can range from patients suffering from cancer to other diseases and replenish blood lost in serious accidents and medical procedures like childbirth or surgery.

To identify the challenges faced and the impact of the challenges in Nigeria, Liverpool John Moores University and British Academy in Partnership with Monitor Healthcare Limited (MHL) organized a workshop inviting delegates from Lagos State and Private Blood Bank Transfusion services.

The purpose of this research is due to the increase in the percentage of women that die annually from hemorrhage and blood shortage.  The high mortality rate is a result of blood shortage and blood supply.

Prior to this workshop, research have been carried out and stakeholders’ meeting was organized in various states to gather data.

Nigeria has a very complex supply blood chain and achieving the map-out plan seems impossible.

During the workshop, the following challenges were discussed:

1. Inadequate sensitization due to poor awareness and enlightenment of the masses.

2. Culture, religious beliefs, and myths are major reasons why people do not donate blood.

3. Blood black market of which the blood supplied or donated is not quality.

4. Commercial donors are disgusting as relatives.

5. Poverty keeps making recurring donors or donors that are qualified to make ends meet.

There are challenges in the blood supply chain system from the recruitment of donors to the last stage which is transfusion.

This does not only happen in the public sector, it also happens in the private blood donor transfusion services. The workshop came to an end with solutions and how we can improve the blood supply chain system in Nigeria to ensure that the chain of blood supply is effective at all levels and sectors.

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