The Lagos State Blood Transfusion Service (LSBTS) has announced its partnership with Haima Health to improve blood supply and delivery for persons living with Sickle Cell Disease (SCD).
Founder of Haima Health, Bukola Bolarinwa announced the launch of the Haima Mobile project at the LSBTS head office, Gbagada General Hospital last week.
With financial support from Control Risks Group, Bolarinwa said Haima Mobile would enhance efficiency of blood delivery, using certified cold-chain dispatch bikes for faster delivery of blood to patients across hospitals in Lagos State.
She disclosed that the bikes would be stationed at the LSBTS facility in Gbagada; ready to dispatch blood as soon as requests comes in.
Describing voluntary blood donors as heroes who deserve to be celebrated because the gift they give is the gift of life, she added, “we encourage citizens to join this league of life savers by donating voluntarily.”
She noted that blood donation could also reduce the risk of heart diseases; helps to stimulate production of more blood thus maintaining good health; helps to maintain iron stores at healthy levels which is linked to low cancer risk.
She said blood transfusion is necessary to treat anyone who loses blood from severe injuries, accidents, complications in pregnancy, inherited diseases like sickle disease and hemophilia.