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Voluntary non-remunerated blood donation: Awareness, perception, and attitude among potential blood donors in Abakaliki, Nigeria.
Niger J Clin Pract. 2019 Nov; 22(11):1509-1515.NJ

Abstract

Background

Blood is the most donated tissue in medical practice and a veritable tool in many life-saving situations if used appropriately and judiciously. Despite the increased demand for blood, the supply of safe blood has been inadequate.

Objective

The aim of this study is to determine the perception and attitude toward voluntary non-remunerated blood donation among medical students in Abakaliki.

Subjects and Methods

This was a cross-sectional study carried out at Federal Teaching Hospital, Abakaliki, between October 2017 and March 2018. Stratified and simple random sampling technique was used to recruit participants from among medical students using pretested, semi-structured, self-administered questionnaire. Data were analyzed using SPSS software version 20.

Results

A total of 158 medical students who participated in the study were made up of 90 (57%) males and 68 (43%) females. The most prevalent age group was 20-25 years. Most of the participants, 151 (95.6%), were single. The proportion of the participants who had good knowledge about voluntary blood donation was 72.8%, while the attitudes of the respondents were positive to most aspects of blood donation considered. However, participants were found to have poor practice of voluntary blood donation as only 56 of 158 (35.4%) had ever donated blood.

Conclusion

The majority of the participants have good knowledge and positive attitude toward voluntary non-remunerated blood donation. However, their practice of voluntary blood donation was poor. Sustained awareness creation and enlightenment is relevant to influence the masses to have better knowledge and positive attitudes toward voluntary non-remunerated blood donation with improved blood donation practices.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Department of Haematology and Immunology, Faculty of Clinical Medicine, College of Health Sciences, Ebonyi State University, Abakaliki, Nigeria.Department of Industrial Chemistry, Faculty of Sciences, Ebonyi State University, Abakaliki, Nigeria.Department of Internal Medicine, Federal Teaching Hospital, Abakaliki, Nigeria.Director, Directorate of Research, Innovation and Commercialization (DRIC), Ebonyi State University, Abakaliki, Nigeria.

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article

Language

eng

PubMed ID

31719272

Citation

Ugwu, N I., et al. "Voluntary Non-remunerated Blood Donation: Awareness, Perception, and Attitude Among Potential Blood Donors in Abakaliki, Nigeria." Nigerian Journal of Clinical Practice, vol. 22, no. 11, 2019, pp. 1509-1515.
Ugwu NI, O Oti WJ, Ugwu CN, et al. Voluntary non-remunerated blood donation: Awareness, perception, and attitude among potential blood donors in Abakaliki, Nigeria. Niger J Clin Pract. 2019;22(11):1509-1515.
Ugwu, N. I., O Oti, W. J., Ugwu, C. N., & Uneke, C. J. (2019). Voluntary non-remunerated blood donation: Awareness, perception, and attitude among potential blood donors in Abakaliki, Nigeria. Nigerian Journal of Clinical Practice, 22(11), 1509-1515. https://doi.org/10.4103/njcp.njcp_159_19
Ugwu NI, et al. Voluntary Non-remunerated Blood Donation: Awareness, Perception, and Attitude Among Potential Blood Donors in Abakaliki, Nigeria. Niger J Clin Pract. 2019;22(11):1509-1515. PubMed PMID: 31719272.
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