LAGOS SUBSIDIZES COST OF SCREENING BLOOD PRODUCTS

…Parleys Media on Voluntary Blood Donation Promotion

Lagos State Government has taken a significant step by subsidizing the expenses associated with screening blood products. This measure aims to alleviate the financial burden on healthcare providers and the public, ensuring easier access to life-saving blood for all residents, the Executive Secretary of the Lagos State Blood Transfusion Service, Dr. Bodunrin Osikomaiya disclosed.

Speaking during a Stakeholders’ Engagement meeting held at the Providence Hotel Ikeja, Dr. Osikomaiya explained that the current economic realities which caused a hike in screening fees from 5,000 naira to 8,000 naira per unit, made the agency proposed a total access fee of 13,500 naira, up from 7,000 naira.

Acknowledging the economic challenges prompting this rise, Dr. Osikomaiya revealed that the State Government, understanding the financial strain on blood screening costs, has approved a subsidy of 6,500 naira per unit of blood available for transfusion. This subsidy, she said, aims to ease the impact of the heightened expenses and ensure broader access to this critical product.

“The current economic realities have resulted in the hike in screening fees to 8,000 naira per unit, leading to our proposal for a total access fee of 13,500 naira. Through the gracious approval of Mr. Governor, the Lagos State Government is subsidizing 6,500 naira per unit of blood,” she affirmed.

Dr. Osikomaiya reiterated the government’s commitment to providing safe blood products to residents, emphasizing the importance of a stakeholders’ engagement and media chat to identify the media’s role in advocating for blood donation drives in the state.

Encouraging voluntary blood donation, she stressed its significance as a life-saving gesture, devoid of adverse effects on donors’ health. “Additionally, voluntary donations serve as a means to monitor one’s health, as comprehensive tests are conducted on donors before the donation process”, she said.

Addressing the stakeholders’ engagement and media chat, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Information and Strategy, Mr. Olumide Sogunle commended the Lagos State Blood Transfusion Service for its unwavering commitment to providing safe blood products to Lagosians. He urged the media to acquaint themselves with crucial information on blood donation drives and collaborate in educating the public on the importance of voluntary blood donation.

“Let us make it our duty to acquire essential information on the services provided by the Lagos State Blood Transfusion Services. Help us propagate the significance of blood donation. Blood is life,” he emphasized.

Director of Public Affairs, Ministry of Health, Mr. Tunbosun Ogunbanwo emphasized the critical role of the media in disseminating vital information to the populace. He reiterated the administration’s commitment to delivering quality healthcare services to over 21 million Lagosians.

“The present administration remains dedicated to ensuring the provision of superior healthcare services, ensuring that every resident experiences improved health and well-being”, he said.