The Programme Director, Timilehin Leukemia Foundation (TLF), Mrs. Oluwadamilola Oyedunle, has said that Lagos State has no blood bank capacity to cater for emergency response.
Mrs. Oluwadamilola Oyedunle, disclosed this on Saturday in Lagos on the sidelines of the TLF street walk and awareness campaign for September Day Blood Donation Drive for leukemia patients.
World Leukaemia Day is a global campaign across the globe with Sept. 4 set aside for people to come together to help raise awareness on leukaemia.
Oyedunle said that the non-specific signs and symptoms of leukaemia were difficult to spot, adding that leukaemia accounted for more than 300,000 deaths globally.
According to her, judging from the emergency situations in Lagos, the state clearly lacks adequate capacity to cater for the need of patients in need of blood requiring interventions.
“We are calling for the support of well-meaning Nigerians: we need to support these voluntary blood donations to save the lives of leukemia patients.
“Incidentally, Lagos State lacks the capacity to cater for the blood needs of patients during emergency situations. That fact became apparent during the last accident that involved a BRT Bus and a train.
“Most of the patients involved in the accident could not access blood from the banks which increased the mortality from the accident. I think this is preventable.
“The accident involving another BRT bus where some of the victims were scampering for blood from one hospital to another is another instance. This type of information leaves our hearts bleeding,” she said.
Oyedunle also said that Lagos State with such a high population needed to sensitise the citizens more about blood donation to stock up the blood banks.
“There is more awareness to be created, especially for a state like Lagos State with such a high population. We need to be prepared for emergency situations.
“We have enough potential donors in Lagos State, but there is yet to be the adequate awareness. If we have the needed awareness, people will donate willingly.
“If Lagos State can get at least 10 per cent of its citizens to donate blood, we might have gained much ground and have, if not enough, gone more than half way.
“TLF is creating awareness and educating people on the need for voluntary blood donations; we want to continue to tell people its importance.”
“On the need for voluntary blood donations we want to continue to tell people its importance,” she said.