Some Stakeholders in the health sector have advocated that a percentage of the Basic Healthcare Provision Fund, BHPF be channeled in provision of safe blood services across states by the National Blood Transfusion Service, NBTS.
The Country Director, Safe Blood for Africa Foundation, SBFA Idris Saliu, and the Armed Forces Blood Services, Major Iriah Samuel made the call in a communiqué after a meeting organised by NBTS in Abuja.
The communiqué added that there is need for a dedicated percentage of the BHPF by the National Health Act 2014 to be earmarked for the provision of safe blood services by NBTS.
The National Health Act of 2014, Section VI, Sub-section 47-57 is the legal instrument that empowers NBTS to regulate and coordinate blood services in Nigeria. The health sector stakeholders, therefore, called for the establishment of Hospital Transfusion Committees, HTCs to ensure appropriate clinical use of blood and blood products to minimise adverse reactions and events following blood transfusion.