Campaign Vice Prez urges Ghanaians to donate blood voluntarily

Statistics from the National Blood Bank indicates that annual blood donations fall below 250,000 units needed.

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Vice Prez urges Ghanaians to donate blood voluntarily

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Vice-President Kwesi Bekoe Amissah-Arthur has launched a blood donation campaign urging Ghanaians to voluntarily donate blood to forestall any unforeseen circumstances in case of emergencies.

Speaking at the 15th National Blood Donor Day and the launch of the annual blood donation campaign in Accra, the Vice-President said “We must not wait until the worst happens before we donate blood to save the lives of our relatives. Let’s all enrol as voluntary donors and donate blood to save lives.”

The Vice-President called for total commitment of all Ghanaians to help stock the country’s blood banks to help save lives during emergencies.

Statistics from the National Blood Bank indicates that annual blood donations fall below 250,000 units needed.

the National Blood Donor Day, which is organised in collaboration with the Rotary Club of Accra and Rotary Club of Accra Ridge, is set aside to recognise regular voluntary blood donors whose continuous support have kept the blood service running and  provided relief for patients needing blood transfusion therapy.

The theme of this year’s campaign is “Thank you for saving my life”.

On his part, the Minister of Health, Mr Alex Segbefia said that it was disappointing to observe that an estimated 26 per cent of maternal deaths were directly linked to an inadequate emergency supply of blood.

“Women who bleed during pregnancy, childbirth and after delivery are at high risk of dying because once bleeding starts, death can occur in less than an hour,” he added.

Meanwhile, this year’s First National Blood Donor prize went to Mr Akwesi Agyemang-Dufuor who received a double-decker refrigerator and a citation for donating blood 55 times. The runner-ups were Mr Ebenezer Kissiedu and Mr Kojo Badu-Kilson who have donated blood 50 and 51 times respectively. They both received refrigerators and a citation.

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