Ghana YCW mobilises blood donors

posted 20 Sep 2010, 06:24 by Stefan Gigacz
Ghana YCW has organised a blood donation campaign in response to call by the National Blood Bank at the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital, which is running out of stock.

"The Centre needs about 250,000 units of blood but, currently, we only have 300 units and this is hindering access to health care for patients, especially those who are to undergo various surgical operations," said Mr Samuel Nunoo, Deputy Chief Blood Donor Organiser at the hospital, Ghana News Agency reports.

"It has now become a norm at Korle-Bu for doctors to ask patients, who are to undergo surgical operation and its related activities, to look for blood donors before such activities can be carried out."

Mr Nunoo was speaking at a blood donation exercise, organised by the Young Christian Workers Movement, a youth association of Christ the King Parish of the Catholic Church on Sunday in Accra.

YCW president, Robert Atsu Dorgbadzi said the exercise was part of the Group's awareness campaign on leukaemia.

He said: "Blood donation exercise has become part of our annual activities and we would continue to do so since we see it as our civic responsibility."

Mr Dorgbadzi stressed the importance of blood to human life and survival and said 'everything possible must be done to stock the blood banks'.