Nigerians from the age of 18 years and above to cultivate habit of donating blood to needy because of many health benefits attached to it.
The president of Eko Centennial Lions Club, Lion Shogo Oloshunde gave the advice over the weekend while speaking on the activities lineup for Charter presentation/investiture and installation of the Club’s officers for the year 2018/3019.
Oloshunde said blood donation does not only benefit the recipients only but there are emotional and physical health benefits for donors as well despite helping others
According to him, the event will hold on November 10, 2018, at Oriwu Club, Ikorodu Lagos by 2.00pm and among the activities lined up for the program are
voluntary blood donation which is organised in conjunction with Lagos State Blood Transfusion Services ( LSBTS ) at the venue.
Dr. Module Olaiya, Consultant Hematologist and Executive Secretary LSBTS who is guest speaker at the occasion, is to speak on the topic: “Benefits of taking good care of our health”. Besides, there will also be a raffle draw and a funds raising for the club’s projects.
Speaking on important of blood donation, Lion Oloshunde said: ” bood donation is definitely a noble act. Many clinics and hospitals constantly require blood for several purposes. This makes the idea of blood donation a noble gesture as it provides life-saving help to people and patients. On an average, human body contains approximately 4 to 5 liters blood that can be donated after every third month for men and every 4 months for women. Many people believe that blood donation is harmful for their body, however, this is untrue.
“Blood donation benefits are numerous which includes the following;Life-saver – Many people require urgent blood and by donating our blood we easily give them life. This is one of the biggest satisfactions one can experience. It makes us proud and can also give us a purpose of life – the feeling that you made a difference to someone’s life.
“Furthermore, blood refreshes our system. Having donated blood, our cell count goes down which leads to new cells regeneration. This is definitely a healthy process that defines that an individual is fine and fit. Our entire body freshens up and many of our health issues come to an end. Therefore, blood donation results in a healthier body that raises our life span”.
The Charter President also stated that blood donation increases quality of blood. “When we donate blood, there is rise of quantity of blood – Blood isn’t merely needed in case of injuries or accidents but also for plasma or platelets required by a patient. In such cases, if adequate amount of blood is readily available in a blood bank, patients can be smoothly treated. Hence people should regularly donate blood to ensure an adequate availability of it for the needy at right time”.
Lion Oloshude however charged hospital personnel to ensure that there must be proper diagnoses of blood to be donated.
“Prior to our donating blood, hospital personnel make necessary diagnosis of cholesterol, iron content, hemoglobin, etc. Hence we can identify if all is normal. If all is well, the doctor allows us to donate blood. Therefore, we do not need to fear blood donation as it a painless process that takes only around an hour. We can visit hospitals and donate blood in our spare time”.