As part of a move to lift the blood bank in hospitals in Lagos, over 20 doctors in the state's public hospitals led in the initiative to donate blood for their prospective patients in the state.
The doctors, among other members of the public were at this year’s commemoration of World Blood Donors’ Day, held at Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH), and said the exercise would save lives of patients currently dying for lack of blood and lift the blood bank currently empty.
At least 30 pints of blood were gathered from 40 persons that volunteered to donate to save lives on the occasion owing to increased advocacy by members of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA).
Dr. Dumebi Owa, lead convener and NMA National Committee Chairman on World Health Organisation (WHO) activities, said the donor day was very important to Nigeria because of the empty state in which the national and state-owned blood banks were in.
Owa, while stressing the need for blood, said an empty blood bank is a public health risk in a congested environment prevalent with road accident victims, pregnancy-related bleeding, sickled cell (SS) patients and people going for surgeries.
She also said that the campaign would next be going to schools, to do public enlightenment campaigns and further break the myths about blood donations among the youths.
In addition, she also pointed out the advantage of donating blood saying it helps in regenerating new cells, "whether you donate or not, after about 42 days, the blood cells will still breakdown" she said.