Madam Tina Naa Ayeley Mensah, the Deputy Minister of Health, has encouraged Ghanaians to regularly donate blood to replenish the country’s depleting blood banks so that medical practitioners could expeditiously get blood to manage emergency cases.
Madam Mensah, also the Member of Parliament for Weija-Gbawe, who made the appeal at a blood donation drive at Tetegu in the Ga South Municipality on Saturday, said blood was needed to stabilise and save expectant mothers, who sometimes bled profusely after delivery and to support accident victims. She commended the blood donors for their show of patriotism and entreated other public and private spirited-organisations and individuals to support blood donation exercises.
The blood donation drive was organised by the Ridge Hospital in collaboration with the Grand Central Enterprise Limited, a key Unilever distributor and the Unilever Ghana Limited.
About 200 blood donors, including the staff of the Grand Enterprise, well-wishers and residents of Tetegu voluntarily donated blood.
The Ridge Hospital team, comprising medical doctors, nurses and laboratory technicians were expected to collect 200 pints of blood at the end of the exercise.
The Deputy Minister of Health said blood donation had a lot of health benefits, including prolonging one’s lifespan and reduction in sickness, noting that within every 39 days the blood in the human body expired, therefore, people needed to donate blood on regular basis to create room for new blood to be formed.
Madam Mensah said blood was precious in saving lives because unlike medicine, it could not be manufactured and, therefore, urged all and sundry to voluntarily donate blood as part of their civic responsibility.
Dr Emmanuel Addipa-Adapoe, a medical officer with the Ridge Hospital blood bank team, said the health facility had become a major referral centre that received critical surgical and complicated medical cases, which often needed blood for patients.
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