On World Cup Day: See How These Nigerians Save Lives
Losing someone because there is no blood to transfuse is what they are set out to stop and they are diligently pursuing the desire.
Their love for humanity is driving them and they are all staff of Rosabon Financial Services and Concept Nova, giving at least a pint of blood, as a Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR).
Over 30 of them, young and vibrant youths, but with a vision to help save a life.
The World Cup started today, June 14, and it coincided with the World Blood Donor Day.
World Blood Donor Day has been set aside by these Nigerians to give back to the society and on Thursday, they gathered at the General Hospital in Lagos Island for one reason – to donate blood.
Doris is with the Human Resources Department of Rosabon Financial Services and she says it is just a CSR that they decided to offer humanity.
“We are doing it for free and we are trying to save lives basically.
“We take people very seriously. People are our greatest asset, so why not give back and save lives so that we can have great people in our country.
“It is a yearly event,” she said.
It is the third year in a roll that they are coming out to make voluntary donation of blood.
When an ill person is in critical condition and the hospital requests for blood, it is a news that comes to the relatives as a tough task sometimes.
This is because Nigeria’s blood bank is almost in the red when it comes to having blood.
Shereef Tijani, a legal officer at Rosabon Financial Services, was very excited to give his blood to the blood bank.
Some of them who passed through the process that began with checking of the individual’s weight and blood pressure and a few other examinations to be sure the donor is fit, said it was a delight.
“I do not feel any pain. I feel so excited to undergo this process,” one of the ladies said.
The Director of Blood Transfusion Service, Dr. Modupe Olaiya, says the mandate of WHO is that blood donation should be voluntary. It should not be commercial or something that will be coerced.
“I am happy that people are turning in today to come and donate voluntarily.
“We are encouraging people not to be waiting till World Blood Donor Day before they donate. Every donor can repeat at least once in every three months,” she said.
She says a donor can donate only a unit of blood per time.
Every year, on 14 June, countries around the world celebrate World Blood Donor Day.
The event serves to thank voluntary, unpaid blood donors for their life-saving gifts of blood and to raise awareness of the need for regular blood donations to ensure the quality, safety and availability of blood and blood products for patients in need.
The theme for this year is "Be there for someone else. Give blood. Share life".
The World Health Organization recommends that if one per cent of a country’s population donates one per cent blood, the country can meet its basic requirement in blood.
Over the years, Nigeria has not been able to meet this minimum requirement. This is largely because 60% of all blood donations are from commercial donors and 30% from family replacement.
Be there for someone else. Give blood. Share life.
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