Wednesday 20th September, 2017
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Foundation advocates safe blood services for Sickle Cell patients

Foundation advocates safe blood services for Sickle Cell patients

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.

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