Lagos State Commissioner for Health, Prof. Akin Abayomi, has reiterated the government’s commitment to the provision of an adequate supply of clean, safe and non-remunerated blood to meet the State’s blood requirement needs for clinical and emergency transfusion purposes.
The Commissioner made the commitment at a stakeholders’ symposium organised by the Lagos State Blood Transfusion Service (LSTBS) to commemorate the 2021 World Blood Donor Day.
He said: “As a government, we have to do two things; we have to make sure that there is enough blood in Lagos to meet all our blood transfusion requirements and it is equally important that blood is safe”.
Abayomi noted that blood is an important human organ required to keep people alive. He further stressed that blood transfusion is a serious medical procedure that should not be taken lightly.
“A pint of blood, which is a liquid organ, can save multiple lives from different medical reasons”, he noted.
The Commissioner, while noting that Lagos requires 260,000 units of blood to meet its yearly blood need, revealed that the state is only able to get 87,000 units of blood leaving it with a huge shortage of blood to meet the yearly requirement.
“This is why we carry out regular and continuous blood donation recruitment drives across the state to encourage young, healthy people to give and donate blood”, he said.
“It is important that blood is safe. That is the second responsibility of the government and as we perform this organ transplant of blood donation and transfusion, we have to ensure that we are giving people, who require blood, a unit of blood that is going to help them and not make them sick”, he added
Earlier, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Health, Dr. Olusegun Ogboye, said the theme of the 2021 World Blood Donor Day “Celebrating the Gift of Blood” is apt and well thought out, maintaining that the celebration will go a long way in encouraging more voluntary blood donors, which will help in bridging the gap of blood shortages in Lagos.
Ogboye, who was represented by the Director, Pharmaceutical Services, Mrs. Mosunmola Beckley, congratulated the Lagos State Blood Transfusion Services for the provision of clean and safe blood that has saved a lot of lives in the State.
He also applauded all voluntary blood donors who have willingly donated blood to save a life.
The Executive Secretary, Lagos State Blood Transfusion Service Dr. Bodurin Osikomaiya, acknowledged the commitment of the Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu-led administration to the provision of safe and adequate blood supply in the State.