Lagos State Blood Transfusion Committee, LSBTC, has appealed to more Lagosians to embrace regular voluntary blood donation as studies have shown that voluntary blood donors are the safest sources of blood.
Speaking at the 10th Anniversary of the World Blood Donor Day with the theme: “Blood Donation as a Gift that saves Life”, Chairman, LSBTC, Dr. Adetoun Agbe-Davies maintained that blood from voluntary blood donors is usually free from Transmission Transmissible Infections (TTIs) – blood borne infections.
Agbe-Davies who appreciated the few voluntary donors that donate for no other reason than to save lives of people who are not known to them assured would–be donors that voluntary donors are handled with respect, confidentiality and care.
“In recognition of the fact that the safety of blood to be transfused starts with the donor, our voluntary donors are handled with respect and those that need further care are referred. The Ministry of Health approved pre-packed tonic tablets to be given to voluntary donors who are found not to be eligible to donate on account of mild anaemia. This is to appreciate them and encourage them to come back to donate later.”
“All units of blood collected are screened using World Health Organisation, WHO, recommended standards for HIV 1 & 2, hepatitis B, Hepatitis C and Syphilis at our screening centres. Regular monitoring visits are paid top public and private blood banks to ensure high standards of practice,” she explained.
Further explaining that voluntary donation starts from 18 years, she encouraged more youths to join the Lagos State Club 25, a pool of voluntary blood donors who continuously take up the challenge to mobilize their peers. Narrating his experience after donating blood 18 times, President of Lagos State Club 25, Mr. Oloshunde Matthew, said a recent study has shown that a pint of blood could save three lives.