CU Collaborates With Blood Bank Society Of Nigeria (BBSN)
The Blood Bank Society of Nigeria (BBSN), Lagos Chapter was in Covenant University (CU) yesterday, to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) which would give both parties leverage for collaborations and partnership covering the establishment of a blood donation centre in Covenant University, joint research, joint hosting of conferences, training workshops, symposiums and exhibitions.
The BBSN and CU partnership will also include the development and deployment of Telemedicine, which involves the remote diagnosis and treatment of patients by means of telecommunications technology, in Covenant University. This would make for effective healthcare delivery, the establishment of the voluntary blood donation centre and engagement in other mutually beneficial projects and services considered necessary.
The Vice Chancellor, Professor Charles Ayo, in his remarks, commended the organisation for their great work and expressed excitement at the progress of the relationship between the two organisations. He quoted Leviticus 17:11, “The life of everything is in the blood,” and said that the scripture sums up the importance of blood related research; hence the reason why the MoU was being signed. He also opined that donating blood was one of the best ways to serve humanity.
Professor Ayo assured the team from BBSN that Covenant University would give the partnership the energy required to make it a success. He also emphasised the importance of information regarding the collaboration being made available on both parties’ websites.
While speaking at the event, the Chairman of the association, Dr. Bartholomew Ifionu expressed his pleasure at the establishment of a formal collaborative relationship with Covenant University and stated that the association will liaise with the University to bring new life into the university system.
In her remarks, the Deputy Vice-Chancellor commended the noble contributions of the BBSN in preserving lives and emphasised that blood was a critical issue when it comes to health care; hence, the need for the University to develop a centre where people can donate blood.
Earlier, in his welcome remarks, the Registrar, appreciated the guests for their efforts and assured them of the University’s commitment to quality medical treatment and promoting healthy living.
Also present at the event were the immediate past Director, Centre for Research, Innovation and Discovery (CUCRID), Professor Louis Egwari and the current Director, Professor Samuel Wara; Director, Industry Partnership, Professor Olawole Obembe; HOD, Biological Sciences Department, Professor Adesola Ajayi; a faculty representative of the Department of Biological Sciences Dr. Conrad Omonhinmin; a representative of the Legal Department, Barr. Ayo Osayande and a member of the Directorate of Media and Corporate Affairs.