The Imo State House of Assembly has passed a motion urging the State Government to establish blood banks in each of the three senatorial zones in the state.
This motion was sponsored by the House Minority Leader ,Barr Ngozi Pat Ekejji and eight others.
The chief sponsor, Barr Ekeji who represents Aboh Mbaise constituency in the State Assembly, described blood bank as the laboratory system for collecting, processing, storing and ensuring safety of blood, adding that the blood banks shall also serve as centres to ensure the continuous supply of safe blood for patients who are in need of blood.
The lawmaker remarked that the State Governor, Owelle Rochas Okorocha has designated some specialist hospitals in each of the senatorial zones of the state, stressing that if blood banks could be established in these zones, it would go a long way in helping the rural populace to get safe blood.
Contributing to the motion, the House Deputy Speaker and member for Oru West constituency, Hon. Donatus Ozoemena harped on the need for the establishment of blood bank in the state for storage of good and healthy blood.
The member for lsiala Mbano, Bar Simeon Iwunze in his contribution, highlighted the inadequacy of the number of blood banks in the state and supported the provision of blood bank to save lives.
The member for Ezinihitte State Constituency, Dr Obioma Ekennia in his own contribution said that the importance of the motion cannot be over emphasized stressing the fact that blood is life.
Lending their voices, the member for Owerri Municipal, Dr Victor Mere, his Orsu counterpart, Chief Stan Dara and their Ikeduru colleague, Hon Samuel Anyanwu were of the view that since the government is building 27 new general hospitals in the state, it is believed that each of the hospitals should have complete blood banking facilities.
The motion, when put to vote by the speaker, Hon Ben Uwajumogu, sailed through.