Lagos rolls out newly procured blood mobile for blood donor drives –
Lagos State Blood Transfusion Service has started rolling out its new blood pump; a mobile blood donation vehicle equipped with everything necessary for a blood donation procedure, to public bodies and companies in the continuity of the voluntary blood drives started at the beginning of the month.
Speaking at a donation drive held at the headquarters of Ibile Oil and Gas, Ikoyi, where blood collection was recently rolled out, the Executive Secretary of the Lagos State Blood Transfusion Service (LSBTS), Dr. Bodunrin Osikomaiya explained that the purchase of the mobile blood donation was endorsed by the Governor of Lagos State, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu to help blood drives and facilitate the conduct of the community awareness campaign to blood donation across Lagos.
She said, “The Governor has magnanimously approved the acquisition of this specialist 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 bloodmobile which was designed, configured and assembled from a new coaster bus by a local engineer based in Lagos, has outstanding features typical of a standard blood donation center including; compartments for blood donation registration and procedure, post-donation and relaxation place, blood storage compartment, two electric donor 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 Mr. Governor for this gift and we 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 dear state,” she added.
Meanwhile, the Executive Secretary has instructed citizens to voluntarily donate blood in other countries to ensure the availability of safe blood and blood products for transfusion in health care facilities across the state.
Highlighting the huge demand for blood and the need for voluntary blood donation, Osikomaiya revealed that about 37% of the population is eligible and clinically fit to donate blood, pointing out that someone always needs blood every two seconds.
She noted that one pint of donated blood can save three lives, adding that this is why efforts are being stepped up by the state government to meet and exceed the state’s blood requirements by recruiting and retaining voluntary blood donors.
“Voluntary blood donors are heroes who deserve to be celebrated every day because the gift they give is the gift of Life. We encourage citizens to join this league of saviors by making a voluntary donation,” she said.
Osikomaiya said the benefits of donating blood are many, adding that voluntary blood donation gives psychological uplift and improvement in mental health status.
She said: “Blood donation helps to stimulate the production of more blood thus maintaining good health, voluntary blood donors have access to blood without demand for replacement from LBSTS blood banks.
“Your blood is tested for hemoglobin, hematocrit (blood level), viral diseases, blood type, rhesus factor and genotype. It can reveal potential health issues such as high blood levels and weak blood.
“It also helps maintain iron stores at healthy levels, which is linked to a low risk of cancer, and gives blood donors the opportunity to have their clinical vital signs checked, including blood pressure, pulse, weight and height”.
She urged citizens in good general health between the ages of 18 and 65 to embrace the culture of voluntary blood donation and donate blood at least once every three months.
While noting that blood circulation will circle the state, especially in public places during donor drives, the executive secretary said citizens can also work at any of the voluntary blood donation centers. dedicated to LSBTS at Lagos General Hospital and Gbagada General Hospital or at Voluntary Blood Collection Centers. accident and emergency center donation center, located at the old tollbooth and Lagos State Teaching Hospital (LASUTH), Ikeja to donate blood.
“Citizens can also enter any of our blood banks inside our general hospitals in Lagos State to make a voluntary donation. Donate today, the life you save can be yours,” she said.