- Following the collapse of a school building in Lagos Island, the Nigerian Red Cross (NRC) has appealed for blood donations
- The Lagos NRC’s secretary, Olakunle Lasisi, said when such incidents occur, blood donation is always required to meet the demand of those in need of blood transfusion
- Lasisi also disclosed that about 45 persons were evacuated from the site of the collapse; a good number of them being students
The Nigerian Red Cross (NRC) has appealed for blood donations for victims of the collapsed building on Lagos Island.
Olakunle Lasisi, secretary of NRC, Lagos, made the appeal in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Thursday, March 14 in Lagos.
Legit.ng gathers that while speaking on the hashtags #DonateForItafaji and #savetheitafajichildren trending on social media to solicit for blood donations from the public, he said the Red Cross would partake in the exercise.
Lasisi added that he spoke with the Lagos State Blood Transfusion Service on Wednesday, March 13 and confirmed that the information was true.
“They said, yes, they are aware of it. It was launched by the MD of the General Hospital, so they can have enough blood in the bank to assist the casualties of the collapsed building.
“When an incident like this happens, blood donation is always required to meet the demand of those in need of blood transfusion.
“It is a good opportunity for the blood bank to replenish because there are people who want to assist.
“Some of our members who are due for blood donation will be available,” he said.
Lasisi commended the Red Cross volunteers and other agencies such as LASEMA, LASAMBUS, NEMA, FED FIRE and Nigeria Police Force, whose efforts ensured that lives were saved.
“We left the point at about 12:30am; we were moving out the debris there.
“There are a lot of agencies and two construction companies also assisting.
“The data we were able to collate tells us that we have about 45 persons that were evacuated and a good number of them are students,” he disclosed.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that President Muhammadu Buhari said he was extremely saddened by the collapse of the Lagos school building which left fatalities, particularly, small children.
President Buhari made his feelings known in a press statement released by Femi Adesina, the presidential spokesman, in Abuja on Wednesday.
The president sympathised with the parents and relations of the deceased, wishing them God’s comfort. He also wished the injured speedy and complete recovery.
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