Red Cross Appeals for Blood Donation

Having identified the dearth of blood for patients requiring urgent transfusion in hospitals, a Non-Governmental Organisation, Sant Nirankari Mission, in conjunction with the Red Cross Society of Nigeria, recently held its Annual Blood Donation Camp in Lagos.

The annual blood donation camp organised by the Sant Nirikari Mission, which is the fifth edition to be supervised by The Red Cross Society of Nigeria, witnessed large turnout of volunteers who turned out in large numbers with the sole aim of helping to ease the plight of patients in desperate need of blood.

Speaking on the sidelines after the blood donation exercise, coordinator of the NGO in Nigeria, Brig. Praveen Kapur RTD, while shedding light on the rationale behind the annual blood camp, said “Over the years we watched with keen attention the loss of lives at an alarming rate, mostly due to the non-availability of blood for victims who needed urgent transfusion”.

“This became very worrisome for us, making it pertinent that we get involved to save lives through this effort which started 5 years ago. As far as Nigeria is concerned, this is the fifth year in succession that we are organising the blood donation camp. We’ve had very encouraging responses in the past and we hope to continue next year”.

Praveen added, “today, both Indian and Nigerian doctor’s volunteer freely to this course helping us attend to donors and also most importantly certifying if blood being donated is suitable for transfusion and also on hand just in case anyone falls ill”.

Explaining the process, of the blood donation/transfusion, Praveen said, “Realising the delicacy of this blood donation exercise is why we have partnered the Red Cross Society of Nigeria to supervise the process, using the systematic process where in they test the blood pressure, grouping, weight, height etc. After all this is given the clear, the donor is then found suitable and fit to donate blood.

At this stage, all blood samples will be taken to Lagos State blood transfusion bank for screening, of all other infections.

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