Lagos Decries Shortage In Blood Banks

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The Lagos State Government has decried the shortage of blood in General Hospitals blood banks in the state, just as it inaugurated a new Blood Transfusion Committee to canvass for massive donation of blood from the public.

Commissioner for Health, Dr. Jide Idris disclosed this in Lagos, southwest Nigeria, while inaugurating the nine-member Lagos State Blood Transfusion Committee headed by former Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Health, Dr. Adetoun Agbe-Davies.

The commissioner said in recent times, there had not been enough blood in the blood banks to cater for the needs of patients and there was a need to aggressively campaign for voluntary donors to come forward.

According to Idris, the government does not want to compel relatives of patients to donate blood but that the new committee should come up with strategies to get the public to donate blood willingly.

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“Blood donation is low. To address the high maternal and mortality rate, donation of blood is a major challenge the committee must address. It is not easy but I have no doubt of your capability.

The new chairman of the committee, Dr. Agbe-Davies said members of the committee knew what was at stake and would work hard to meet the expectations of the government and the public.

She appealed to the public to come forward and donate blood voluntarily and discard the traditional fear that they donot have enough blood.

—Kazeem Ugbodaga