The Management of the Federal Medical Centre, Ebute-Metta, Lagos Mainland Local Government has commended the National Association of Seadogs, Pyrates Confraternity, Zanas Deck (Lagos Mainland chapter) on the blood donation to the medical facility.
Zanas Deck as part of its bi-annual medical exercise series under the NAS Medical Mission had mobilized its members to donate blood to boost the blood bank at the hospital.
The Chief Medical Director FMC Ebute Metta Dr, Dada Adedemola who was represented by the Director of Medical Laboratory Services, Mr Victor Ojedapo commended members of the Zanas Deck for the kind gesture and reminded Nigerians of the need to donate blood for indigent Nigerians.
A visibly elated Adedamola elaborated on the importance of blood donation to include boosting the production of new blood cells, helping lower the risk of cardiovascular disease, preventing excess body iron, benefits from simple health screening and self-pride of saving lives amongst others too numerous to mention.
He equally noted that blood donors assist patients of all ages, including accident and burn victims, heart surgery patients, organ transplant patients, and cancer patients. Adedamola therefore urged other public-spirited organisations to emulate NAS and donate blood to the hospital.
The Capoon of Zanas Deck, Mr Nnamdi Agulonu, who led other members to the blood donation exercise said the association has always been passionate about saving lives.
According to him, the blood donation exercise was organized in fulfillment of one of the four compass points of Pyrates Confraternity -For Humanistic ideals.
Agulonu explained that the organization picked FMC, Ebute Metta as the beneficiary as a result of the blood bank gap experienced by the facility users.
He recalled similar blood donation exercises were carried out at 68 Nigerian Army Reference Hospital, Yaba and National Orthopedic Hospital, Igbobi Lagos
“We have identified this societal pain and we are prepared to contribute to humanity’s upliftment by making sure that every six months we will have our members do the blood donation within our immediate locality,” Agulonu said.
The head of Medical Social Welfare, Mrs Harman Rachael Osariemen in her comments implored NAS/PC not to rest on its oars in extending help to the hospital.