NIMR SETS TO IMPROVE BLOOD DONATION AND BLOOD SERVICE THROUGH TECHNOLOGICAL INNOVATION NAMED BLOODHUB

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NIMR SETS TO IMPROVE BLOOD DONATION AND BLOOD SERVICE THROUGH TECHNOLOGICAL INNOVATION NAMED BLOODHUB

The Nigerian Institute of Medical Research (NIMR) in collaboration with National Blood Service Commission and National Center for Technological Management held a stakeholders meeting on the 4th April 2024 at the institute Hall to present a blood donor management platform “BLOODHUB”.

The Director General of NIMR, Professor Babatunde Lawal Salako informed the guests that the technology was to improve blood donation and blood Service in the country. He added that awareness on blood donation will be created and that the institute has created a platform where all stakeholders will be accommodated.


Other speakers like Prof Vincent Osunkalu, the Head of the Department of Heamatology and Blood Transfusion Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH), Prof. Ehimario Igumbo, a Public Health Specialist, Dr Olufemi Ayoola, the Director of Blood Service Department at National Blood Service Commission (NBSC), Adekoya Abimbola Julius, Chairman Guild of Medical Laboratory Directors (GMLD) Lagos, Prof. Richard Adegbola, Research Consultant at NIMR and
Prof Rosemary Audu, a Director of Research and the immediate past HOD, Microbiology Department, NIMR made contributions. The speakers unanimously agreed that our country should shift from pay donors to voluntary and non remunerated blood donors. The need for awareness using information technology was equally suggested. They dismissed the belief that blood that was donated free was being sold. According to the experts, considering the cost of packaging a pint of blood, there is no way it will be free.

The innovator of BloodHub, Dr Olufemi Samuel Amoo, the Head of the Center for Human Virology and Genomics and the Research lead of Blood Genetics and Transfusion Research said that the institute has developed an App that will make blood donation and service easy for all. The Blood Hub will accommodate the data of blood banks, donors and hospitals for easy communication.

According to him, this will reduce blood loss, conserve time and open up direct communication among the people involved in the chain.

Among the people present at the occasion were Dr Toyosi Raheem, past President of the Association of Medical Laboratory Scientists of Nigeria (AMLSN), Alhaji Adeoye, Chris Ubi vice Chairman and the Secretary of Blood Bank Society of Nigeria (BBSN), Pastor Osehon former BBSN Vice Chairman, Wasiu Awojole the Chairman of AMLSN Alimosho Chapter, Mr Victor Ojedapo, DMLS in Federal Medical Center Ebute Metta Lagos, Mrs IKWO Oka, Chief Program Officer , Trauma Care International Foundation.