ANRML commemorates World Blood Donor Day, convenes camp

The African Natural Resources and Mines Limited (ANRML) has convened a Blood Donation Camp to commemorate Year 2024 World Blood Donor Day.

The aim of the Blood Donation Camp, which was conducted in collaboration with the National Blood Transfusion Service (NBTS) recently, is to significantly contribute to the provision of blood for the sick in order to save their lives, the company said in a statement. 

The statement, which was signed by the Public Relations Officer, ANRML, Mr. Olanrewaju Babatunde AbdulHakeem, discussed the crucial importance of blood to the survival of the sick, stating that blood is essential because it helps patients survive surgeries, cancer treatment, chronic illnesses, and traumatic injuries. 

According to the company, “The Blood Donation Camp which was carried out at the ANRML’s factory site, Gujeni Community, Kaduna State, was conceived as a lifesaving care that starts with one person making a generous donation in order to inspire others to do same and save lives.”

The company expressed concern that statistics shows that only about 3% of age-eligible people donate blood yearly. Each unit of blood donated is further broken down into components, such as red blood cells, plasma, platelets and may be transfused to several patients, each with different needs. The organization therefore encouraged the public to support the sick by donating blood to the country’s National Blood Bank.

Further discussing the importance of commemorating the World Blood Donor Day, the company pointed out that importance of donating blood and its multiple uses. For example cancer patients are particularly in need of blood transfusions as it can act as a resource to implement platelets back into the body after heavy treatments such as chemo or radiation therapy.

The statement quoted Mr. Babatunde as saying: “As a company, ANRML understands the importance of public health and we will continue to execute Social Impact Policies and Projects to entrench our commitment to public health.”

Mr. Babatunde explained that African Natural Resources and Mines Limited (ANRML) is a member-company of the African Industries Group (AIG), adding that the Group shares the ideology and commitment to community development through the execution of Social Impact Projects across communities that host its operations.

This, he said, is why the Company organized a blood donation camp at its factory premises in Gujeni Village. 

According to the company, the Blood Donation Camp is part of the larger campaign across the group companies to encourage employees to donate blood to the needy, adding that the Group and its employees strongly believe that it is a life saving act and every drop of blood counts in saving a life.

The ANRML blood donation drive, which theme is, “It is in your blood to save a life,” brought together various volunteers who were inspired to care for the sick by donating blood. 

“True to the theme, ANRML Blood Donation Camp experienced very good participation and a rush of volunteers to donate blood,” the statement said, adding that donors from Abuja Steel Mills joined volunteers in Gujeni to donated blood. 

The event, which was popularly adjudged as successful, had more than 100 ANRML employees donating blood, including females.

The company thanked the National Blood Transfusion Services for partnering with ANRML and collecting the blood. A big round of applause to the management and employees of ANRML for once again conducting such an impactful and socially conscious activity and make it a success.