Lagos - A total of 50 doctors on Wednesday donated blood at the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH), Ikeja, for those in need.
The donation was part of the programmes lined up for the Annual General Meeting of the Association of Resident Doctors, LASUTH chapter.
The President of the association, Dr Abdulsalam Moruf, said that 50 pints of blood were donated by the doctors.
"Each person donates about 500 millilitres which is equal to a pint of blood and so if 50 people have donated; it means that 50 pints have been collected.
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"If at the end of the programme, more doctors or other volunteers donate, we may have enough blood for the blood bank,`` he said.
Moruf said doctors had been able to identify that there was shortage of blood at the hospital, adding that this informed the donation.
He said that the exercise was a way of encouraging people to voluntarily donate blood to those in need.
"We all know in the country today that there is a Boko Haram crisis, cases of accidents; people took ill and generally some patients need blood.
"As leaders of the profession, we will take the lead, not only in treating our patients, but also in donating blood to them," Moruf said.
He said that blood donation would benefit both the patients and the donors in many ways.