From Richard Owusu-Akyaw
Telecommunication giant Mobile Telecommunication Network (MTN)-Ghana has set the stage for students of Katanga Hall at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) to donate to the blood bank of the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH).
The programme, codenamed “Save a Life Campaign” and organised by MTN, saw students pouring out to donate blood to the KATH Blood Bank. It is the sixth time the MTN Ghana Foundation has mobilised the public to voluntarily donate blood, in response to the dire need to replenish blood banks in selected hospitals in Ghana.
MTN Ghana has generated over 1,000 pints of blood through donation exercises, which have since been distributed to some major health facilities in Ghana.
Mr. James Bukari Basintale, Northern Sector General Manager of MTN Ghana, while addressing the donors at the forecourt of Katanga Hall, encouraged Ghanaians to donate a pint of blood, and encourage a friend to take part, to meet this year’s target of 700 pints blood from donation centres in Accra, Kumasi, Shama, Takoradi, Tamale and Bolgatanga.
He said, last year, through the concerted efforts of their blood donors, MTN was able to collect 625 pints of blood across the country, exceeding the 2014 target by 125 pints. The blood to be collected will be distributed to the National Blood Bank at Korle-Bu, KATH, Ridge, Efia Nkwanta and Tamale Teaching hospitals, and will continue this exercise on the KNUST Campus.
He continued that to help save lives, we can contribute to the achievement of the Millennium Development Goal Four and Five targets, thereby reducing child and maternal mortality by close of 2015. “We will also be able to achieve the World Health Organisation (WHO) goal for all countries to obtain 100 percent voluntary unpaid blood donation by 2020.”
The organiser of the KATH Blood Bank Team, Mr. Benjamin Arhin, indicated that 50-60 pints of blood are used each day at KATH. He attributed that rise in blood at the hospital to the high hemorrhagic rate of pregnant women, increasing road accidents, and others.
Mr. Arhin urged the public to donate blood, especially in this February month of love, and said anybody between 16 to 60 years old, and weighed 50 kilos or more, could donate blood. The President of Katanga Hall, Mr. Albert Elikem Fia, who said the exercise was their first, said he was touched by the shortage of blood at the hospitals.
He said it is good to give blood, hence his colleagues are donating pints of blood to support KATH, and urged other students across the country to support MTN Ghana’s “Save a life Campaign” through blood donation.