Civil Society Organisations Partners Lagos On Voluntary Blood Donation

Civil Society Organisations Partners Lagos On Voluntary Blood Donation

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  • Tasks Stakeholders to Adopt Safe Blood Donation, Transfusion Strategies
  • LSBTS Commences Automation of Services

The Lagos State Blood Transfusion Service (LSBTS) is partnering with Civil Society Organisations (CSOs), under the aegis of the Lagos State Civil Society Participation for Development (LACSOP), to increase advocacy for voluntary blood donation campaigns and safe blood transfusion services in the State.

Executive Secretary of the Lagos State Blood Transfusion Service, Dr. Bodunrin Osikomaiya, who disclosed this to newsmen after a stakeholders’ engagement with various CSOs in Lagos, noted that the partnership became necessary given the need to achieve the mandate of LSBTS to provide safe blood for transfusion purposes.

Osikomaiya explained that the Lagos State Blood Transfusion Service is saddled with the responsibility of regulating the whole process involved in the blood transfusion chain; from collection, screening, storage, transportation and transfusion of blood and blood products, adding that the availability of healthy blood for clinical use is considered sacrosanct by the agency.

The Executive Secretary stated also that the LSBTS has concluded plans to commence automation of blood transfusion service processes including blood screening, storage, banking and transportation to ensure availability, efficiency, speed and reliability in the blood transfusion chain.

Her words: “We are engaging Civil Society Organisations so that we can increase our service delivery. CSOs need to understand our mandate and modus operandi, we need their support to achieve goals of increasing voluntary blood donation, creating necessary awareness about the process involved in blood transfusion services and safety in line with international best practices”.

Noting that the stakeholders’ engagement meeting themed: “Promoting a Sustainable Blood Safety System”, was geared towards educating and enlightening the CSOs about blood donation and transfusion services in Lagos, the Executive Secretary said it was also an avenue to spur opportunities, through suggestions, pledges and support, for better service delivery by LSBTS.

Osikomaiya expressed confidence that the engagement will yield the desired results, noting that through the civil societies, information and enlightenment on the processes involved in blood transfusion and safety, including automation in blood banking services, would become public knowledge propelling citizens to take informed action.

“We want the Civil Societies to know that they have the potential of increasing advocacy and awareness of safe blood and we are also ready to listen to what they have to say to us so that we can improve our service delivery”, she noted.

The Executive Secretary, therefore, tasked all stakeholders and organisations involved in the provision of blood transfusion services to adopt, build and sustain quality services that will help ensure increased voluntary blood donation and availability of safe blood in Lagos State.

A Chief Medical Laboratory Scientist, Mr. Babatunde Okunnu, while presenting his paper on “Blood Screening Processes”, urged all stakeholders in blood transfusion service provision to abide by the appropriate clinical use of blood and follow the basic requirements of blood transfusion.

Also, the Executive Director, Centre for 21st Century Issues, a leading CSO, Ms. Titi Akosa commended the Lagos State Government for its efforts at ensuring safe blood transfusion services in Lagos and engaging civil societies in the quest to achieve better blood transfusion service.

She affirmed that the stakeholders’ engagement has put CSOs in good stead to advocate as well as promote voluntary blood donation and safe blood transfusion services that will help save lives in times of emergency.

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