From Alfred Adams
The Western Regional Directorate of the National Health Insurance Authority (NHIA) has held a blood donation exercise to do donate blood to replenish the Ahmadiyya Hospital in Daboase.
The blood donation exercise, which is part of the NHIA’s corporate social responsibility, saw workers of the authority and other donors voluntarily turn up.
This is the fourth time the regional NHIA has held a blood donation exercise as part of its corporate social responsibility.
Speaking to the media, the Regional Manager of the NHIA, Madam Edna Gyau Baffour, said the exercise was targeting 50 pints of blood to stock the blood bank of the Ahmadiyya Government Hospital.
She said the rationale behind the exercise was to send a message across that the authority was not only into card registration but was also concerned about replenishing our blood banks.
She said apart from the staff of the NHIA who voluntarily were taking part of the exercise, about 100 donors had been targeted to take part.
The Western File can report that the exercise, which was held at the premises of the office of the Regional NHIA on Saturday, saw hundreds of donors turn up.
The donors were first had their blood pressure checked, as those whose blood pressure was detected to be within the normal range, would be allowed to donate.
As part of measures to attract donors, the NHIA set up a registration center where those who turned up to donate blood could be registered for the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS), and also have their expired cards renewed, which attracted donors.
The Regional Manager of the NHIA said the Directorate decided to donate blood for the Ahmadiyya Hospital because it was more into surgery. “We noticed that since the facility was more into surgery, we decided to do this to replenish the blood bank of the facility.”
Mr. Ibrahim Hammond, a Laboratory Technologist at the Ahmadiyya Hospital who supervised the exercise, lauded the Regional NHIA for the exercise.
He said, generally it was difficult to come by blood because the willingness to donate was eluding Ghanaians. “Unless someone was in critical condition before we donate blood to save life.”
He said more education was needed to be embarked upon for Ghanaians to donate blood, since it could not be manufactured, neither could it be bought, and dispelled fears that hospitals sell blood.