The mobile blood donation vehicle was procured to aid the blood donor drive and ease the conduct of community blood donation outreach campaigns across Lagos.
The Lagos State Blood Transfusion Service has commenced the deployment of its newly procured ‘Bloodmobile’, a mobile vehicle equipped with necessary blood donation procedure equipment.
This is to help promote the continuation of the voluntary blood donation drive started earlier this month.
While speaking at a donor drive held at the headquarters of Ibile Oil and Gas, Ikoyi where the ‘Bloodmobile’ was recently deployed, the Executive Secretary of the Lagos State Blood Transfusion Service (LSBTS), Dr Bodunrin Osikomaiya, explained that the mobile blood donation vehicle was procured to aid the blood donor drive and ease the conduct of community blood donation outreach campaigns across Lagos.
She explained that the locally fabricated ‘Bloodmobile’ has some remarkable features typical of a standard blood donation centre, including compartments for registration and blood donor procedure, post-donation and relaxation spot, blood storage compartment, two electrical donor chairs and an inbuilt air conditioner.
She also noted that one pint of donated blood can save three lives, adding that this is why efforts are being intensified by the State government to meet and surpass the blood requirement through recruiting and retaining voluntary blood donors.
The Executive Secretary, therefore, tasked healthy residents, between the ages of 18 and 65 years, to support the initiative by donating blood voluntarily to ensure the availability of safe blood and blood products for transfusion in health facilities across the State.