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Obasanjo donates blood transfusion machines

20 June 2014, 20:01

Lagos - Former President, Olusegun Obasanjo, has donated blood transfusion machines to University Teaching Hospitals in Nigeria and the Sickle Cell Foundation of Nigeria.

A total of nine machines were donated.

The ex-president who was a guest speaker at this year’s second World Sickle Cell Day Event organised by his foundation at the Eko Hotel & Suites in Lagos, also presented the certificates of acquisition to eight University Teaching Hospitals across Nigeria and Lagos-based Sickle Cell Foundation of Nigeria.

Terumo Europe BCT Industry, the Japanese company, delivered the machines to the country.

Addressing guests at the event, Obasanjo said that the machines would enhance safe blood transfusion through the process of purification and thorough screening of blood samples for any purpose including stemming out the menace of sickle cell disorder in the country.

“I believe that the future of the health care industry in Nigeria will be better and brighter if we can have safe blood transfusion for whatever purpose it may be used including the absolute cure of sickle cell disorder. I therefore salute and appreciate the efforts of Terumo Europe BCT industry in making these machines possible,” he said.

Also speaking at the event, the Lagos State Commissioner of Health, Jide Idris, emphasised the importance of blood safety for blood transfusion in Nigeria.

“We are doing quite a lot in blood safety with robust sickle cell programme. We have issue like hepatitis that is more severe than sickle cell. We are ready to do more in ensure that blood is safe. We assume the foundation of government support,” he said.

– CAJ News

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