With a population of 18 million people in Lagos, there are less than a million blood donors in the state, the Lagos State Blood Transfusion Services, LSBTS, has disclosed.
Making this disclosure yesterday in Lagos, Coordinator of LSBTS Blood donation drive, Mr. Eka Solomon lamented the acute shortage of blood donors in the state despite the importance of blood in saving lives.
According to Solomon, “The actually percent of blood donors cannot be ascertain presently, as data are still been collated, but based on the population of Lagos state, we have not attained one percent of blood donor of the population yet. Although the percentage of blood donors in Lagos state is yet to be determined less than 1 million donate blood in the state.”
Speaking during a Blood donor drive held at skill acquisition and vocational center, Iyun, Surulere area of Lagos, he explained that the drive is to recruit voluntary donors in order to have more blood in our bank to meet the needs of patients as the demand for blood is presently higher than the supply.
The exercise which is aimed at increasing access to safe blood and meet up to the World Health Organisation’s target of generating all blood sources from voluntary donors by 2020, recorded a total of 58 persons who voluntarily donated their blood.
He further added that to ensure that only safe and properly screened blood is transfused in its health facilities Lagos State Government has continue to drive the campaign for voluntary blood donors.
On his part, Mrs. Yetunde Akin-Taylor deputy director education attached to the skill acquisition centre, Surulere (WAPA) explained that many Nigerians refused to donate blood because they had been misinformed, adding that the campaign in churches and mosques would erase such erroneous beliefs. This is why we are here to let people know that there is no health problem that can affect donors after the exercise,” she added.
One of the donors who identified himself as Rapheal Ayinla added “That he is very grateful for being part of the process that will save lives”.