"WE SHOULD PAY MORE ATTENTION TO OUR BLOOD , OR ELSE"

159th

This is the second Inaugural Lecture by a Professor of Haematology, and Consultant Haematologist after the first lecture(“For the blood is the life”) by Late Prof. N.O Osamo in 1980(35 years ago) and the first by a product of the UBTH/National postgraduate Medical College residency programme in Haematology.
If I were to ask how many of us especially those above 40 years of age, have had a routine blood check(full blood count i.e PCV,WBC and PLATELET count; and viral screen for Human immunodeficiency virus(HIV), Hepatitis B and C screen) in the last six months, I doubt if the majority would affirm.Therefore there is the need to for all of us especially as we get older to check our PCV, WBC, PLATELETS and do a viral screen every six months. We should also know our blood groups and genotypes.The former is associated with certain disease conditions.
The importance of blood to life is highlighted in the scriptures, thus, “Blood is the life of the body”(Lev 17:11, Gen 9:4)
The absence of routine checks as is so often the case, is a reflection of a negative, unconcerned attitude to health, or the fact that we feel immune from afflictions of illness which at times is reflected in different phrases, such as “I deny it in Jesus name” or expressions as “it is not my portion”.

Faculty/Institute/Center: 
Department: 
Medicine
Date Of Lecture: 
Thursday, July 16, 2015
First Name: 
Halim
Middle Name: 
Nwabueze .K.
Last Name: 
Daye
Sex: 
Male