The Babalola Olowodola Foundation has advocated the need for
a legislation for an efficient blood service that will enable sickle cell patients get safe blood in life threatening situations.
The Country Director , Safe Blood for Africa, a United States of
America –based organisation , Mr. Idris Salihu stated this at a Sickle Cell Disease (SCD) awareness sensitization campaign.
The campaign was organised by Babajide Olowodola Foundation.
Salifu explained that the World Health Organisation (WHO) standard requires an independent national structure for blood
service. He, however, lamented the absence of such structure and extant legislation in Nigeria for voluntary blood donation.
“ We need a functional national blood transfusion service at all levels of the government. Nigeria government did not give it a thought, until Safe Blood For Africa started the campaign. We got halfway before the then government agreed and now there is a national blood transfusion office at the Federal Ministry of Health,” he said.
Speaking earlier, the founder of the Foundation and the Senior
Pastor of the Abuja Foursquare Gospel Church, Rev. Babajide Olowodola, urged the government to take more proactive step towards stemming the scourge and the spread of sickle cell disease.
Olowodola who rated government’s advocacy drive on sickle cell low also described sickle cell disease as a national malaise.
“ Sickle Cell is not a peculiar sector, no peculiar department in our
government hospitals to handle this national malaise. Our healthcare system is not the best in tackling Sickle Cell diseases, as it has never been singled out for a special attention,” he noted.