To commemorate this year’s World Blood Donor Day, staff of Advans Nigeria, led by their MD/CEO, Mr. Gaetan Debuchy participated in a Blood Donation Drive at their Head Office Annex in Lagos.
The World Blood Donor Day is an initiative of the World Health Organisation (WHO) aimed at raising global awareness on the need for safe transfusion of blood and blood products while celebrating the critical contributions made by voluntary, unpaid blood donors to national health systems.
This year’s slogan, “Give blood and keep the world beating” reinforces the global call for more people all over the world to donate blood regularly and contribute to better health.
According to the American Red Cross, donating just one pint of blood can save more than one person’s life.
Speaking at the event, the company’s Head of Marketing and Communications, Priscilla Iyari, said: “Apart from improving financial inclusion and fostering economic empowerment, this drive is one of the results of our vibrant employee engagement scheme and another way we put our community and society first.
I mean, what is a greater gift than to give a part of yourself.”
Speaking, Prof (Mrs.) Adeyemo, Supervising Consultant Hematologist at the Transfusion Unit of the Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH), with whom Advans partnered, said: “As part of this year’s World Blood Donor Day, we are creating more awareness for Nigerians to give blood and save lives.
Regular blood donation is beneficial to donors in the following ways: it reduces the risk of iron overload, which is excess iron in the body, thereby reducing the risk of heart and liver ailments caused by iron overload in the body. It also stimulates the production of new blood cells and in turn, helps in maintaining good health.
“You also get a free health check-up. This free mini-physical examination can offer excellent insight into your health. And overall, you help save lives: yours and others!”