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Healthy adults urged to donate blood

…As GSK, LASG open blood bank

By Chioma Obinna

The Lagos State Government has enjoined healthy adults in the State to donate blood freely with a view to saving lives even as the State’s voluntary blood donation drive received a boost with the donation of a blood bank courtesy  GlaxoSmithKline, Nigeria Plc.

It was during the celebration of 2010 World Blood Donor Day with the theme; “New Blood for the World.”

Lagos State Head of Service, Mr. Adesegun Ogunlewe who stressed the need for people to form the habit of donating blood freely  declared that new generation of idealistic and motivated voluntary blood donors would form a pool that provides the safest blood possible for use wherever and whenever it is needed to save lives.

Ogunlewe  noted that voluntary blood donation had increased since the formation of Club 25 in the State that has expanded blood base through voluntary blood donation and community health promotion.

He said the theme of this year’s celebration was not only overly relevant but imperative considering the drive for blood donation which is aimed at getting young people to donate blood voluntarily.

 Lagos State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Jide Idris who explained that the day was set aside to create more awareness on voluntary blood donation hinted that Voluntary non – remunerated blood donors have shown to be the safest group of donors and they have a low prevalence of transfusion transmissible infections such as HIV, Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C and Syphilis.

Idris stressed the need for people to donate blood voluntarily as most hospitals in Lagos are flooded with cases of severe anaemia resulting from various causes.

Encouraging healthy adults to donate blood freely, he said there are 18 blood banks  distributed throughout the State.

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