"Emergencies increase the demand for blood transfusion and make its delivery challenging and complex, adequate supplies of safe blood units during emergencies cannot be overemphasized".

That's according to the Minsiter of Health, Professor Isaac Adewole. He made this known during a conference to mark the 2017 World Blood Donor Day.

The theme for this year's edition is “What can you do? Give blood. Give now. Give often”.

The minister says most Nigerians are only interested in the monetary proceeds that come with donating blood and they hardly ever donate voluntarily.

"Our limited national data indicate that voluntary non-remunerated blood donation accounts for only 10 per cent of our total blood collection.

"Family replacement donations and commercial donations account for 30 and 60 per cent respectively," he said.

There is hope, however, that through some sensitization and awareness initiatives the nation will have enough deposits by 2020.

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Quick Facts About the Blood Donation Process

1. Blood donation is a simple, four-step process: registration, medical history and mini-physical, donation and refreshments. It is a safe process, and a sterile needle is used only once for each donor and then discarded.

2. The actual blood donation typically takes less than 10-12 minutes. The entire process, from the time you arrive to the time you leave, takes about an hour and 15 minutes.

3. The average adult has about 10 pints of blood in his body. Roughly one pint is given during a donation.

4. A healthy donor may donate red blood cells every 56 days, or double red cells every 112 days. 

Join in, help save a life. It might just be your relative who is in need.