National Blood

A volunteer donating blood

One hundred and eighty-six units of blood were realized on Friday during this year?s mass blood donation exercise, organized by the Accra Area Blood Centre of the National Blood Service.

The exercise, dubbed: ?Accra Goes Red?, was the maiden to be organized by the Accra Area Blood Centre, and took place at the premises of the National Blood Service headquarters near the Ghana Commercial Bank, Korle-Bu.

According to a statement issued in Accra by Stephen Addai-Baah, Public Relations Officer of the NBS, the Accra Goes Red Project was aimed at ensuring that the perennial seasonal shortage of blood during the yuletide was prevented.

Just last week, the Koforidua Regional Hospital was hit with shortage of blood.

 The management of the hospital was appealing to schools, churches, organized groups, as well as individuals, to come to the aid of the hospital by donating blood.

A statement by the acting Director of the Hospital, Dr Kwame Anim Boamah, said, ?Due to lack of voluntary blood donors, the blood bank is facing an acute shortage of blood.?

It said as a result of the shortage, the hospital would not be in a position to cater for patients like pregnant women and accident victims who might be in need of blood transfusion.

 The National Blood Service, Ghana among other things is responsible for the adequacy, safety and efficacy of blood and blood products for all patients in both public and private health institutions in the country, in an accessible and affordable manner.

Therefore, the Accra Goes Red event brought together various groups, organizations and individuals, who voluntarily donated blood to support the blood banks.

Dr Justina K. Ansah, Director of the National Blood Service, was grateful to donors and supporting organizations for the massive turn-out and encouraged the public to continue to donate blood voluntarily, at least twice a year, to help replete the blood banks adequately all year round.

Commenting on the new ultra-modern facility to house the Southern Area Blood Centre and the National Blood Service headquarters in Accra, Dr Ansah said the facility was near completion and would significantly improve operations as well as give voluntary blood donors a pleasant environment and experience for blood donation.

?Accra Goes Red? would become a yearly event on the calendar of the National Blood Service, Ghana, and would take place every Farmers? Day, the first Friday of December

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