The Secretary, Health and Human Services Secretariat (HHSS), Malam Adamu Bappah, inaugurated the committee on Wednesday in Abuja.
Bappah said the bank being the first of its kind in the FCT was a place where blood would be collected from donors for transfusion to recipients.
Ha said that the National Council of Health resolved in 2016 to establish a blood bank in every state of the federation.
“The blood bank is a place where blood is collected from donors, `typed,’’ separated into components, stored and prepared for transfusion to recipients.
“Several quantities of blood are usually kept to be given to patients who may need them, especially during emergencies, and the advantages are numerous,’’ he said.
Dr. Evans Onyekele, Director, Medical and Diagnostics of the Secretariat, said the committee would work out details of the blood bank in the FCT.
“This committee will work to ensure that safe blood was available in FCTA hospitals and other private health facilities in the territory.
“The importance of blood to healthcare delivery cannot be overemphasised. It is commonly said that blood is life.
“Blood is the carrier of oxygen and glucose to the brain for human existence. Blood also plays an important role in purifying the lungs and the heart and other parts of the body,’’ he said.
Media men report that the Chairman of the newly inaugurated committee is Mr Michael Esom, Assistant Director, Laboratory Services of the Secretariat.