By Samuel Akumatey, GNA
Ho, March 7, GNA - Dr John Tampouri, Medical Superintendent, Volta Regional Hospital, has said that blood remained crucial in efforts to reduce maternal and neonatal mortality rates and appealed to the public to support blood donation activities.
He said maternal and neonatal morbidity rates were major yardsticks for assessing a nation’s health delivery, and that, with a rich blood bank, the health sector would record lots of successes.
Dr Tampouri said this when he received cash donation and assorted items estimated at GH¢1,500 from Mr Benjamin Kpodo, Member of Parliament for Ho Central Constituency, towards “Blood Box 2”, a blood donation exercise, organised by Africa Youth Development and Training Centre, a Non-Governmental Organisation on Independence Day.
He thanked the MP for the gesture and said it was ‘unfair’ for people to lose their lives due to unavailability of a pint or two of blood.
Mr Kpodo also appealed to those who could not donate blood to support such exercises by encouraging others to do so and also help with material support.
Mr Vincent Fekpe, Regional Blood Organiser, advised donors against drinking alcoholic beverages before donation so that blood received would be in the purest form.
Mr Christian Ahodie, a media practitioner and Founder of the NGO, told the Ghana News Agency that close to 60 people donated blood during the exercise.