The National Health Insurance Authority (NHIA)  has organised a blood donation exercise in Central Region as part of its corporate responsibilities to support societal development.

This year’s NHIA corporate social responsibility aims at augmenting the Blood stock at various blood bank in the region.

The Acting Central Regional Senior Monitoring and evaluation Officer, John N-Mensah said, three years ago, NHIS instituted July 1, in every year as a day district offices as well as stakeholders come together to donate blood to augment blood bank in the region.

“Last year, all the 13 Districts and senior High schools notably UP SHS, we were able to get 91 pints of blood. So we embark on this exercise annually to stock blood bank at the various hospitals in the Region.” Mr. Mensah told Class News Maxwell Attah.

Demystifying fears to allay off anxieties, Samuel Quarmyne of Cape Coast Teaching Hospital (CCTH) blood bank said, normal diet can help donors to regain their blood within 2 days, for this reason, no special food is required to be eaten after blood donation exercise however, he cautioned blood donors to desist from strenuous activities after the exercise.

According to Mr. Quarmyne, CCTH averagely transfuse about 25 pints of blood in a day, adding “so if we get 100 pints of blood free from STI’s, it will finished within the week.”

He therefore appealed to the general public to develop the habit of donating blood in other to saves life.

A second year science student at University Practice SHS Dorcas Annan Mensah, shared her experience with class News, saying “this is my first time, it was a nice experience, I encourage all my colleagues to donate blood to save life”

A National service personnel, Isaac Amoateng Asirifi, who had donated blood for sixth time and several others were awarded for their kind gesture towards saving life.

The event, which took place at the NHIS Regional office at Cape Coast witnessed about 180 blood donors from Mfantsepim Senior High School, University Practice SHS (UP SHS) and staff from Cape Coast Teaching Hospital blood bank turned-up.

Source : Maxwell Attah.