#LagosBuildingCollapse: See How You Can Assist Victims
Some victims of the Lagos building collapse are in need of blood and the Nigerian Red Cross (NRC) is appealing to Nigerians to volunteer.
A day after the building in Ita Faji area of Lagos Island, which housed a school, collapsed, some victims are still battling for life.
Majority of them were taken to the Lagos Island General Hospital and doctors have said they needed blood.
The Secretary of NRC in Lagos, Mr Olakunle Lasisi, appealed for blood for the victims on Thursday in Lagos.
Hashtags; #DonateForItafaji and #savetheitafajichildren had began to trend on social media, and those were pushes soliciting blood donations from the public.
Mr Lasisi said Red Cross would partake in the exercise.
According to him, the Lagos State Blood Transfusion Service on Wednesday confirmed that the victims were in the need or blood urgently and that the hashtags were created to assist them.
“They said, yes, they are aware of it.
“It was launched by the MD of the General Hospital, so they can have enough blood in the bank to assist the casualties of the collapsed building.
“When an incident like this happens, blood donations is always required to meet the demand of those in need of blood transfusion.
“It is a good opportunity for the blood bank to replenish because there are people who want to assist.
“Some of our members who are due for blood donation will be available,” he told the News Agency of Nigeria.
Lasisi commended the Red Cross volunteers and other agencies such as LASEMA, LASAMBUS, NEMA, FED FIRE and Nigeria Police, whose efforts ensured that lives were saved.
“We left the point at about 12:30 a.m. We were moving out the debris there.
“There are a lot of agencies and two construction companies also assisting.
“The data we were able to collate tells us that we have about 45 persons that were evacuated and a good number of them are students,” he disclosed.
If you cannot donate blood or money, be kind enough to use the hashtags; #DonateForItafaji, #savetheitafajichildren #LagosBuildingCollapse in all your social network posts so that people who could donate could see the trend and take action.
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