How we Commemorated World Blood Donor Day 2016 in Partnership with Rivers State Ministry of Health & Braithwaite Memorial Specialist Hospital

Honourable Commissioner of Health, Dr Theophilus Odagme and Special Adviser to the Rivers State Governor on SDGs, Hon Toru Ofili JP during the World Blood Donor Day Advocacy Walk

The celebration was marked by a road walk which was organised by Braithwaite Memorial Specialist Hospital together with the Rivers State ministry of Health and Sustainable development Goal and with eminent personalities which included but not limited to;

1. Hon. Commissioner for Health , Dr. Theophilus Odagme and his entourage.

2. The Permanent Secretary, MOH. Mrs. C. U. Wali

3. Special Adviser to the Governor on SDG. Mrs Toru Ofili JP

4. The Chief Medical Director, State Hospitals Management Board. Dr D. A Okoh

5. The Medical Director, BMSH. Dr P. L Kua

6. The Director of Special Duties, MOH. Dr Ojum

7. Public Health Department, MOH.

8. Director of Emergency Medical Services, MOH. Dr Aaron

9. Members of Rivers State Sustainable Development Goal Team

10. Staff of BMSH

11. Rotary Club of Trans-Amadi District 9140

12. Staff of the State Ministry of Health

13. Members from KIR Foundation

14. Men of the press –represented by NTA, RSTV, SILVERBIRD Television and others

The programme of events commenced with arrival of participants at 8:00am with prompt registration and distribution of T-shirts.

From Left: Dr Afam, Mrs Bitebo Gogo, Mr Ugochukwu Ebube (The First Blood Donor on World Blood Donor Day 2016), Hon Toru Ofili, Mrs C.U Wali, & Mr Tonye William-Jumbo

A brief summary of the essence of the program was made by the Head of Department Pathology, Dr Hannah E. Omunakwe to the audience and also to reporters from RSTV, NTA and SILVERBIRD Television stations. The first Blood donor of the day Mr Ugochukwu Ebube was introduced by the donor organizer to the Hon. Commissioner for health and the Special Adviser to the Governor on SDG for recognition and photographs.

Participants during the World Blood Donor Day Advocacy Walk on Azikiwe Road, Port Harcourt

The walk eventually started at 11:20 a.m. a welcome address by the Honourable Commissioner for Health was satisfactorily delivered to flag off the rally. He stated that the essence of the campaign was to highlight stories of people whose lives have been saved through blood donation, to motivate regular blood donors to continue giving blood, and motivate people in good health who have never given blood to begin doing so, particularly young people. While this day creates awareness of the importance of voluntary blood donation, it is also a day dedicated to appreciating and celebrating voluntary non-remunerated/unpaid blood donors for the thousands of lives saved every day across the globe.

The road rally began and ran a course BMSH through Forces Avenue linking Azikiwe road to UTC roundabout and terminated at BMSH. While the walk was going on, the members of the rally distributed flyers and engaged individual questions and queries brought forward by citizens and residents of the state on the needs/benefits of voluntary blood donation.

Registration of Blood Donors and Blood Donor Advocates

Second part of the event

It took place at the conference hall of Braithwaite Memorial Specialist Hospital immediately after the road walk with an opening prayer led by Rev. Fr. Casmir Chimobi Ohaji. Members of the high table were introduced by the MC Mrs Gogo Bitebo.

The Medical Director BMSH gave the welcome address and encouraged all to be either a voluntary donor or an advocate.

The Rivers State Commissioner for Health Dr Theophilus Odagme promised to elevate the blood bank of BMSH to further save the lives of its citizens. The commissioner who actively participated in the road walk was represented by the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Health, Mrs Caroline Wali during the event. He stated that it is imperative that everybody becomes not only a blood donor advocate but volunteer to help save the lives of the people.

Also speaking, the Special Adviser to the governor of Rivers State on Sustainable Development Goals, Mrs Toru Ofili noted that the day was commemorated to raise the awareness on blood donation as well as thank voluntary blood donors for their laudable efforts in making blood available in the blood banks. Speaking on the theme “Blood Connects Us All”, she stated that blood donation is an activity devoid of ethnicity,gender or colour maintains that it was still blood that connects all human kind.

The guest speaker of the event Dr Hannah Omunakwe who is a haematologist in charge of Pathology Department, BMSH while delivering the lecture spoke on importance of Donor Health and Donor care in ensuring voluntary donor commitment.

She also highlighted that voluntary donor base has increased over the last five years and also the prevalence of Transmissible Transfusion Infection have reduced significantly among prospective blood donors.

Presentation of Awards to committed Donors and organizations

Highlights of the occasion

1) A play-let produce by students on industrial training in the laboratory showcasing the importance of voluntary blood donation.

2) A short speech by a beneficiary of voluntary blood donation by a man popularly called Papa Ejima.

3) Refreshment

4) Presentation of awards to voluntary blood donors and advocates. The following persons/groups received award for their roles in voluntary blood donation.

i. The Redeemed Christian Church of God (Jesus House, Rumuibekwe)
ii. The Seventh Day Adventist Church, Port-Harcourt conference
iii. Rotary Club of Trans-Amadi district 9140
iv. Safeguard Technologies
v. Rev. Fr Casmir Chimobi Ohaji
vi. Miss Sarah Sasime

The program came to an end with a closing prayer by Director Clinical Nursing Service (DCNS) BMSH, Ms Rosemary Ezekiel at 2:30pm

See more snapshots from the event below

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