By RUME OYITSO
The Rotary Club of Lagos, Palm Grove Estate, has begun sensitization campaigns to encourage more Nigerians to donate blood to help save lives.
The club, which few days ago, in conjunction with other Rotary Clubs in the state and beyond, held a blood donation camp in its secretariat at No3 D’alberto Street, Palm Groove, Lagos, noted that it was important for Nigerians to understand that by donating blood, they are helping people facing life threatening situations.
“Blood support is important in child birth, surgeries, Sickle Cell Anemia, Leukemia and when treating accident victims,” said Dr Jide Akeredolu, District Governor, Rotary International District 9110.
“The amount of voluntary donations in Lagos State is not enough to supply the amount of blood patients need. To that effect, the Rotary Club of Lagos Palm Grove Estate is here to create awareness for blood donation and mobilize its members and associates to donate blood”.
“We have done a great job in mobilizing the Indian committee in this area. I have been donating blood three to four times every year since 1974 and I’m still very healthy. If we can build the culture for blood donation, that would go a long way in improving the health delivery system we have here. The Rotary Club of Nigeria is passionate about blood donation because it is an area of health care delivery that is not well imbibed in our culture. People are scared of it.”
Speaking of the importance of blood donation Dr. Akeredolu stated that “a pint of blood can be divided into more than eight components like red cells, white cells, plasma and other blood products. Each one of them cures and saves lives in its peculiar way”.
Also speaking, the President of the Club, Mr. Jayashankar Nalode, said, “Some years back, we found that the requirement of blood in this country is very high and availability very low. This led us to start a campaign and we observed that the fear of giving blood has taken over most Nigerians. Some feel that it’s religiously wrong while others hold on to myths. So we the Indian community have decided to create awareness and encourage Nigerians to voluntarily donate blood. This year we are targeting up to 3,000 to 4,000 pints of blood”.
The President of Tamil Association of Nigeria, which has been involved in various social activities and charity in the country, Mr. Sivakumar Vecappan, said his Association is glad to support Rotary Club.
“We the Indians in Nigeria are happy to be a part of this country and we understand that the Nigerian community is lacking a lot of medical facilities. We want to contribute and support in any way we can. And this happens to be one out of our little contributions, he remarked.
The Rotary Club Lagos Palm Grove Estate encourages various groups in the country to join in the blood donation drive.