Husbands whose wife would have anything to do with Lagos State owned hospitals must be prepared to donate a pint of blood before such women are treated in the state.
Investigations reveal that when women whose husbands have donated blood requires blood transfusion during delivery, they were required to buy the blood with “a token”.
Those whose husbands were unable to donate blood were never admitted in the state any state owned hospitals.
This is in a bid to end shortage of blood in public hospitals in Lagos State, the government now compel husbands of pregnant women to donate blood to the state blood bank, irrespective of whether such women would need the blood or not.
A victim of the All Progressive Congress (APC) government
A member of Lagos State Blood Transfusion Committee, Mrs. Sherifat Lawal, who disclosed this at a blood donor drive, said the state would not force any expectant father to donate blood had there been enough in the blood bank occasioned by 100 per cent voluntary blood donation in the state.
The campaign was organised by the state government, in collaboration with Seventh-Day Adventists Church to mark its Global Youth Day.
Lawal, who said the state was targeting 100 per cent voluntary donation, in line with the World Health organisation, WHO, standards, disclosed that the activities of the committee had improved the number of voluntary blood donors in the state.
According to her, the state within two years had increased the number of voluntary donors from about 2,000 to 4,800.
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