The government deploys a Bloodmobile for blood donor drives
The Lagos State Blood Transfusion Service has started the deployment of its bloodmobile, a mobile blood donation vehicle, for blood donation procedure to public and corporate organizations.
Speaking at a donation campaign held at the headquarters of Ibile Oil and Gas, Ikoyi, where blood circulation was recently rolled out, the Executive Secretary of the Lagos State Blood Transfusion Service, Dr Bodunrin Osikomaiya , explained that the purchase of the mobile blood donation center had been approved. by the Governor of Lagos State, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu to assist blood drives and facilitate the conduct of community blood donation outreach across the state.
She said, “The Governor has magnanimously approved the purchase of this specialized vehicle to assist us in our quest to meet the state’s blood demand and ensure an adequate supply of safe blood for transfusion in Lagos.”
Osikomaiya explained that the motomobile which was designed, configured and assembled from a new roller coaster bus by a local engineer based in Lagos, had outstanding features typical of a standard blood donation center including compartments for blood donation registration and procedure, post-donation and relaxation area, blood storage compartment, two electric blood collection chairs and built-in air conditioner.
“With this specialized vehicle, our team can carry out donation campaigns in communities and public places in Lagos seamlessly without having to improvise and repeat the configuration of blood donation procedures for each donation campaign.
“We sincerely appreciate the Governor for this gift and promise to return the favor by increasing our donor campaigns, recruiting more voluntary blood donors and ensuring that only safe blood is collected and transfused in our beloved state.” , she added.
The Executive Secretary urged citizens to voluntarily donate blood in other countries to ensure the availability of safe blood and blood products for transfusion in state health facilities.
Osikomaiya found that approximately 37% of the population were eligible and clinically fit to donate blood.
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