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Northern Business District Manager of MTN-GHANA, James Bukari Basintale

The Northern Business District Manager of MTN, James Bukari Basintale has appealed to the public to donate voluntarily on Valentine day, suggesting such a gesture will portray the love they have for those who are in need of blood.

Addressing donors and participants at the much publicized 'Save A Life' blood donation exercise by the company and the Komfo Anokye Transfusion and Medicine unit in Kumasi, Mr Basintale said many in the hospitals were in dire need of blood to survive.

Such needy and vulnerable people at the hospitals, the General Manager noted needed the generosity of voluntary donors to give blood to help them live.

Mr Basintale, therefore, stressed the commitment of MTN to partner with the blood transfusion units of teaching hospitals in the country to ensure their stocks are refilled periodically.

STATISTICS:

Speaking to the media, Dr Mrs Shirley Owusu Ofori, Head of Medicine Transfusion Unit of the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital disclosed the unit received 20,000 voluntary donations.

Out of this number, Dr Ofori indicated 75% were voluntary donors who gave out blood freely without being urged or begged.

She reiterated the call by the World Health Organization(WHO) to encourage voluntary donations so as to get more people to donate blood.

This, she noted when adhered to will help hospitals to have enough stock in their units to attend to normal and emergency cases.

APPEAL:

The Head of Transfusion Unit appealed to corporate and private organizations to help them create the needed awareness about blood donation.

She called for the opening of their doors to allow employees to donate as well as partner the blood unit to conduct outdoor programs so as to help shape the mentality of the public towards voluntary donations.

According to her, many still had misconceptions about blood donation with some thinking they will die or suffer side effects after donating.

These fears, she noted were unfounded, stressing every human being possessed the ability to donate blood.

Dr Ofori indicated the process before blood was taken from a donor was so rigorous to ensure only healthy people were asked to donate blood.    

Story by Michael Ofosu-Afriyie, Kumasi

2017-02-14 @18:32:04

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