Run in Someone’s Veins

What would our world be like if we all donated blood instead of shedding it? If we all decided to help our fellow human instead of hurting them? How will it be if we all did our best to save a life instead of devaluing or taking it?

We are inundated by the second with reports of mindless ways in which men, women and children like us are being killed, maimed or otherwise damaged for life. It thus gladdens the heart when we find concerted efforts to save lives. We realize that while some choose to destroy, others preserve life- the sanctity of which can not be fully expressed.

Blood is very essential in saving lives as science has still not found a complete substitute for it. It is used in the treatment of many who are sick, involved in car crashes, wars and other conditions that lead to life-threatening blood loss. A single pint of blood (half a litre/50cl) can save more than one person.

How would you like to run in someone’s veins? How would you like to be part of someone’s good health for life? Your blood cells multiplying exponentially and contributing to their vitality?

According to studies published in the American Journal of Epidemiology, blood donors are 88% less likely to suffer a heart attack and 33% less likely to suffer any type of cardiovascular event.

When you come around today to give blood, you will receive a life saver certificate with which you can receive blood whenever you need it. You also get to know your hepatitis status,blood group,genotype and HIV status(optional)

If you reside in Lagos or its surrounding suburbs, please try and make it to the blood donation exercise today Wednesday, the 26th of August, 2015 at
•New Great Hall, Lagos University Teaching Hospital, Idi-Araba, Surulere, Lagos.
•New Hall, University of Lagos, Akoka, Yaba, Lagos.

Be a part of West Africa’s single largest blood donation exercise. Be a lifesaver.

#YouAreSomebody’sType

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This Blood Donation exercise is part of the Annual Islam Propagation Week, a ten-day programme organized by the Muslim Students’ Society of Nigeria, CMUL/LUTH branch. (College of Medicine of the University of Lagos/Lagos University Teaching Hospital) in conjunction with the Haematology Department of the Lagos University Teaching Hospital.

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20 Facts to a Score

FACT  18
I love my family.

There is so much and nothing to say about them. I can not write enough about my family in this post. On the other hand, why I love them is simple enough, I don’t have to explain.

My family has always been a sturdy pillar of support. My siblings and parents have always believed in me. Much of what I am today is through their encouragement and gentle nudges. 

Not one of  them gets tired of nursing me when I’m sick. Sharing joys and sorrows, we have been through ups and downs together. Being candid is a second skin. What matters is the correction and not whether you like it.

Everyone  is treated on a basis of equality, fairness andjustice. I joke sometimes that my family has a lot to teach the world about democracy.

When I come home I am welcomed with smiles. It might take a while to realize  something untoward in the offing. We pull through thick and thin by sticking together. My family is the greatest gift in the world to me.

What we hold dear is our faith in God.

20 Facts to a Score

FACT 17
I hardly sleep.

I can’t fathom the root cause of this. If what scientists say about adequate sleep being tangential to high level of intelligence, I would be a retard.

I humour myself with the thought that I can manage to sleep half as much as most people do and still cope. 

Watching movies late into the night and struggling to finish a particular book robbed me of my sleep. Sometimes 24 hours doesn’t seem to be enough. There is so much to do in so little time. 

Frankly speaking, insomnia is a serious medical condition. There is difficulty staying or falling asleep. Please if you notice disorders in your sleep pattern, it is time to see a therapist. Getting hooked on sedatives is not going to solve the problem.

Inadequate sleep time is related to poor performance in school or at work. It also wreaks havoc on attention span and retentive memory.

As much as I would like to reiterate the recommended 8hour sleep, I also know  the reality for students who think they have to study all night, workers who face heavy traffic while working late shifts, nursing mothers with babies that cry at night, doctors and other health workers who ditch sleep in emergencies and many others in the society.

All I would say is ‘Sleep as much as you can, when you can’.