MTN blood donation crusade yields 311 pints in Upper West

Sunday 17th February, 2019
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By Sambiru Duut Elijah, GNA

Wa, Feb. 17, GNA - The campaign by the MTN Ghana to “Save Life” in commemoration of this year’s 2019 Chocolate Day yielded 311 pints of blood supply for leading health facilities in the Upper West Region.

The exercise was jointly conducted by National Service Personnel Association (NASPA), MTN Ghana and National Union of Ghana Students (NUGS) under the theme: “Donate blood to save a life”.

Mr Obed Adu-Amankwa, the Upper West Regional Territory Sales Controller of MTN Ghana, said the exercise formed part of the telecom giant’s annual “save life campaign” to support the national blood bank and save lives.

He said the company was so concerned with the health of its customers “because no transaction can take place in the absence of good health”.

“And since everyone in one way or the other transacts business with the company, there is the need for the exercise to save their lives”.

He said “MTN has declared this year as the year for the customer and everything we do is customer centred”.

Madam Kankpi Thea, Laboratory Manager at the Upper West Regional Hospital, said it is untrue that donating blood could cause sickness or shortage of blood.

She urged the public to often avail themselves to donate blood and save the lives of large chunk of the population in need of blood infusion.

The exercise, which included screening of blood, was to ensure that blood collected is not infected with HIV AIDS, syphilis and gonorrhoea.

Madam Thea said this year’s exercise was an improvement over last year’s which recorded 280 pints of blood.

Mr Mohammed Sadiq Gombilla, the President of National Union of Ghana Students (NUGS), urged students to come out in their numbers to participate in the exercise.

He recounted several reports about people losing their lives in Tamale Teaching Hospital, Korle-Bu and Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital among others due to shortage of blood.

“Some of the patients who lost their lives in some hospitals and health centres due to shortage of blood could become useful citizens in society and the need to save their lives,” he added.

Mr Abinye Abdul Aziz, the Secretary of NASPA, also called for the need to support the blood banks to save lives.