The Permanent Secretary of Federal Ministry of Health, Daju Kachollom has tasked on the Haematologists to commit themselves in ensuring that citizens who needs blood transfusion can access it with minimal cost, safety and without delay.
The Permanent Secretary who was represented by the Director of Medical Laboratory Services Division in the Ministry, Dr. Kingsley Odiabara made at the Nigerian society for Haematology and Blood Transfusion (NSHBT) Abuja 2023 conference and the Society’s 50th Anniversary on Thursday.
The Permanent Secretary said “blood transfusion has been a cornerstone of modern medicine and its impact on healthcare cannot be overstated.
“Looking forward our future is filled with immense potential which advances in science and technology are opening new frontiers in blood transfusion from improved compatibility testing to the development of artificial blood products.”
According to the Permanent Secretary these innovations hold the key in enhancing the availability, safety and effectiveness of blood transfusion in Nigeria.
“It is important safety of blood and blood products as well as their quality are addressed by this Noble society. The society is therefore enjoined to work closely with the National Blood Transfusion Commission.
“As we gather here today let us commit ourselves to the noble cause of ensuring that every citizen who needs a blood transfusion can access it with minimal cost, safety and without delay.
“Let us also acknowledge the importance of a strong blood donation culture and Infrastructures as blood donors are the lifeblood of our system.”
The Permanent Secretary while declaring the event opened appealed to professionals to save lives, improve health and leave a lasting legacy for the younger generation.
The foundation President of the society, Prof. Lucio Luzzatto who delivered the keynote address tasked members to abide by the Profession’s ethics by rendering selfless service in saving lives.
The programme featured Awards presentations to past presidents and some leaders for their commitment to the growth of the profession.