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“For the purpose of coordination and regulation of blood transfusion services in Lagos State, Lagos State Blood Transfusion Committee (LSBTC) was established with the law No.10 in 2004 and given the mandate to accredit and regulate both public and private blood banks, to ensure safety of blood.”

The 20th Anniversary of the Lagos State Blood Transfusion Service was held on the Tuesday, 4th June 2024.

It was a memorable event with the theme “Pioneering the Path and Shaping the Future of Blood Services in Nigeria” at Radisson Blu Hotel Ikeja.

The state Governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo Olu was represented by the Honourable Commissioner of Health, Prof. Akin Abayomi. Also present at the occasion were Special Adviser to the Governor on Health,Dr ( Mrs) Kemi Ogunyemi, the Permanent Secretary, Dr Olusegun Ogboye, Chairman House Committee on Health, Hon. Lawal Aina Musibau, the Directors in the Ministry and the Medical Directors.

Dr Orolu Adebukola Khairat, the Chairperson of the local organizing committee told the guests the reasons for the call for the celebration.

The Executive Secretary of LSBTS, Dr Bodunrin Osikomaiya welcome the guests and gave the achievements of the agency in the last twenty years.

The anniversary lecture was delivered by Major General (Dr) Abimbola Olatilewa Amusu (Rtd)

The panel discussion was moderated by Dr Samuel Alori while the members included Mrs Adebusola Cole, Director of Nursing Services, Health Service Commission, Professor Akinsegun Akinbami of Heamatology department of LASUTH, Mrs Oluyemisi Adegoke, Director of Medical Laboratory Services, Adekoya Abimbola Julius, Chairman, Guild of Medical Laboratory Directors (GMLD) Lagos.

The Keynote address of the Honourable Commissioner was full of encomium, encouragement and promises of more supports for the performing team of LSBTS.

Awards were given to the people who contributed to the success story of the agency right from the inception. Prof. (Mrs.) Ibironke Akinsete for the Lifetime Achievement Award, Founders’ Award went to Dr Leke Pitan and Dr Rafiat Olufunmilayo Olatunji, Excellence leadership award went to Dr Adetoun Agbe-Davies and Dr Modupe Olaiya, Pa. Idris Ateiza Saliu got the Healthcare Excellence Award, Long Services Award was given to Dr Samuel Alori, Barr. Bukola Bolarinwa went home with Community Impact award.

Other set of awards went to Nigerian Red Cross Society Lagos State Branch, Vcare for Development Foundation, Fidson Healthcare Plc, Santa Nirankari Mission and Rotary club of Lagos, Palm Grove and Island.

The closing remark and vote of thanks was delivered by the PS, Dr Olusegun Ogboye.

The guests at the occasion include but not limited to the Chairman, Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) Lagos State Branch, Chairman, Association of Medical Laboratory Scientists of Nigeria (AMLSN) Lagos State, Comrade Bioye Omoyemi, Chairman, Blood Bank Society of Nigeria (BBSN), Mr Chima J Anorue, National Vice President (GMLD) South West Mr Olumuyiwa Onaneye, Chairman (GMLD) Lagos Adekoya Abimbola Julius, Chairperson of the Association of Female Medical Laboratory Scientists of Nigeria AFMLSN Lagos State, Mrs Adejare Oluwakemi. The Association of Medical Laboratory Scientists of Nigeria (AMLSN) Civil Service Chapter played a significant role in the success of the program.