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Certified Blood For Transfusion Must Carry Lagos Logo – Commissioner

Posted: Jun 22, 2016 at 7:28 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

Chioma Umeha

Lagos-The Commissioner for Health in Lagos State, Dr. Jide Idri, has ordered that certified blood for transfusion must carry the logo of the State Government as a means of establishing its quality and credibility.
Idris, who said this Tuesday, at a press conference organized by the Lagos State Blood Transfusion Service to commemorate this year World Blood Donor Day, urged families of patients to take note and report such cases even as he warned that erring public and private blood banks who fail to indicate the logo shall henceforth be sanctioned.
He advised that all private blood banks in the State should be registered with the Lagos State Blood Transfusion Service for effective monitoring and quality control.
While highlighting the objectives of this year’s campaign which according to him include appreciating donors for their lifesaving gift of blood and focusing attention on blood services as a community service, he emphasized the need to create wider publicity and sensitization of the populace on the need to show commitment to regular voluntary unpaid donations which translates to self-sufficiency in safe blood and blood products based on 100 per cent voluntary and unpaid donations drive.
“We need to create wider public awareness on the need for regular, unpaid blood donation and inspire young, healthy people who have not yet keyed in to start donating with a view to having a robust blood bank,” he remarked.
He stated that voluntary blood donors are known to be the foundation of adequate supply of safe blood due to lower prevalence of Transmission Transmissible Infections (TTIs), adding that voluntary donors can walk-in to any of the 21 public hospitals with blood banks as well as three standalone blood donor centers to donate blood.
The Commissioner stated that the standalone centers are located at the General Hospital, Lagos, Lagos State College of Health Technology (LASCOHET) and Alimosho General Hospital, Igando.
Responding to a question on why husbands of pregnant women are usually asked to donate blood, he explained that such arrangement is important in case the woman has hemorrhage and as a result needs blood.
He explained that a cumulative average of 70, 000 units of blood are required annually, adding that in 2015 alone, 32, 619 units of blood were donated in public health facilities. However, only 4, 175 (13 per cent) were sourced from voluntary donors while 33 per cent and 54 per cent were sourced from replacement and antenatal donors respectively.

Going down memory lane, the Commissioner noted that LSBTC was established on 1st, June 2014 with a vision to have a state where only safe blood is transfused in all appropriate health facilities, adding that the Lagos State Blood Transfusion Service (LSBTS) is saddled with the responsibility of ensuring safety of blood and efficient processing.
Highpoint of this year’s celebration is the placement of a bloodmobile vehicle at Ikeja City Mall to serve as additional blood donation center. The vehicle which shall be placed three times a week within the premises of the mall is equipped with necessary tools to facilitate voluntary blood donation.
“Donor drives are carried out by LSBTS on week days, weekends and public holidays on invitation by higher institutions of learning, corporate organizations, government establishments, churches, mosques and members of communities while courtesies are extended to voluntary donors, but results of screening are handled with confidentiality.”Idris said.