The Lagos State Government has commenced a voluntary blood donation chain sensitation, tagged, ‘Each One Reach Ten,’ campaign aimed at evolving a lifesaving culture of voluntary blood donation.
A statement by the Director, Public Affairs in the state Ministry of Health, Tunbosun Ogunbanwo, on Thursday said the campaign was aimed at meeting the growing demand for blood and meeting up with the blood requirement of the state in line with the World Health Organisation’s mandate.
He said the campaign with the slogan, ‘Advocate, Mobilise, Donate,’ was geared towards recruiting and retaining voluntary blood donors.
The Executive Secretary, Lagos State Blood Transfusion Services, Dr. Bodurin Oshikomaiya, in the statement explained that the campaign was initiated because of the urgency of ensuring availability of safe blood and blood products for transfusion.
She said, “We commenced ‘Each One Reach Ten’ blood donation chain campaign to fulfill our mandate to ensure adequacy and ample access to safe blood in Lagos State through strategies anchored on recruiting and retaining voluntary blood donors as the bedrock for safe and adequate blood supply in Lagos.”
Oshikomaiya noted that about 37 per cent of the population was eligible and clinically fit to donate blood, adding that only about 10 per cent of blood donated in the state was from voluntary blood donors.
The Medical Director, General Hospital, Odan, Lagos, Dr. Ismail Ganikale, who was also at the event, applauded the Lagos State blood transfusion services for its professional values in the discharge of its mandate.