Lagos State Government has appealed to residents and stakeholders in the health sector to intensify efforts aimed at ensuring that 100 percent of blood needed for transfusion come from voluntary blood donors.
The chairman of the Lagos State Blood Transfusion Committee (LSBTC), Dr. Adetoun Agbe-Davies made the appeal yesterday at the 2014 annual free public health screening and awareness programme organized by the Muslim Congress of Mushin Local Government.
She stressed the importance of meeting the year 2020 World Health Organization (WHO) set goal that 100 percent of all blood for transfusion should be from voluntary blood donors.
The LSBTC boss said meeting the goal would go a long way in addressing issues of touting for blood donation as well as the demand for family replacement of blood through family donation for mothers at ante natal booking.
Represented at the event by a member of the Lagos State Blood Transfusion Committee, Mrs. Serifat Lawal, she urged everyone to imbibe the spirit of voluntary blood donation saying making safe blood available was a responsibility of everyone.