Safe transfusion Ghana becomes second in Africa to get Blood Safety Information System

The only other country on the country with such a system is the small Southern African state of Lesotho.

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BSIS MYJOYONLINE.JPG play The BSIS was launched at the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital by Tina Mensah, Ghana's deputy minister of health. (myjoyonline.com)
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Ghana has become the second country in Africa to have a Blood Safety Information System (BSIS). The only other country on the country with such a system is the small Southern African state of Lesotho.

The BSIS was launched at the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital by Tina Mensah, Ghana's deputy minister of health.

The system will now make it easy for the National Blood Service to collect manage blood donors information from the point of donation, to testing in laboratories and then the labelling and distribution to various hospitals and clinics across the country.

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korle-bu-blood-safety.jpg play In Africa, Ghana is second, after Lesotho, to have the BSIS (Ghana News Agency)

"Inherent in BSIS’s design is the capability to exclude blood donors based on HIV status and track blood donor infectious disease testing results to ensure adequate linkage to care and treatment services.

The BSIS also builds the capacity of health practitioners to manage information related to blood services, improve blood centre laboratory quality and facilitate movement of the NBSG towards accreditation through the African Society of Blood Transfusion", the Ghana News Agency reports.

The Blood Safety Information System project was set up with assistance from the US Center for Disease Control, the Safe Blood for Africa Foundation and Jembi Health Systems PNC, a South African-based not-for-profit organisation.

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