Donate blood voluntarily to save lives – National Blood Service
The National Blood Service has called on members of the public to voluntarily donate blood to hospitals to improve their blood supply and save lives.
National Blood Service Program Manager Stephen Kweku Danso said that “the essence of donating blood is to save lives”.
It had become difficult to get voluntary donors to donate blood especially during this time of COVID-19, he said.
Mr Danso, who was speaking at a blood donation exercise organized by Kaysens Gaisie Limited to the community of Tema, said the few pints of blood in the blood bank had been used up, creating a severe shortage of blood in national blood banks.
He said blood plays a vital role in the human system saying that blood carries oxygen to other parts of the body and without it breathing would not take place, adding that a unit of blood could save three lives when transformed into different components.
He said that different hospitals have to rely on family replacements, which was the best way to save critically ill lives, “So we called on the public, religious organizations, the business community and institutions to teaching to support us through constant blood donation.
“The blood you donate today can save a life tomorrow. Blood is a vital need of the body and must be available at all times in hospitals and national blood banks ”.
He congratulated Kaysens Gaisie for his enormous contribution to saving lives through donation of blood and instructed all cooperating organizations, faith-based organizations as well as the public to visit health facilities and to donate blood voluntarily.
“Usually for festival seasons there are a lot of accidents so it takes more blood to save lives, I beg Ghanaians, who are over 17, but under 60, to come to hospitals or to participate in blood donation, exercises and voluntary donation, ”he said.
Ms Helena Gaisie Stephens, CEO of Kaysens Gaisie Limited, said it is important to donate blood frequently to save lives.
“It was essential to have enough blood stored because pregnant women, accident victims and patients with malaria would need blood,” adding that “it would not be planning to wait a necessary time before giving, hence the need to organize the exercise ”.
Ms Stephens said donating blood not only benefits the sick, but also helps donors stay healthy without certain illnesses.
The KOG Eye Care Optical Center supported the program with free eye screening for blood donors.
“Once they donated to save people’s lives, we found it necessary to screen them to know their eye status and if there is any medication we could give them,” said Mr. Eric Owusu. Gyimah, CEO of KOG Eye Care.