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Greater Accra office of NHIA donates 500 pints of blood

By
Kwamina Tandoh/Mercy Manukure, GNA

Accra, July 1, GNA –
The Greater Accra Regional Office of the National Health Insurance Authority
(NHIA) has donated 500 pints of blood to the National Blood Transfusion
Service, since the inception of an annual blood donation exercise.

The blood donation
exercise, which started four years ago, aims to augment the blood stock in the
National Blood Bank to help assist emergencies.

Mr Lawrence Amartey,
the Regional Director of NHIA, disclosed this in an interaction with the media
at the 2017 edition of the NHIA Blood Donation exercise held at the Dr Docia
A.N. Kisseih Hall of the Ghana Registered Nurses and Midwives Association in
Accra.

The exercise attracted
more than 200 staff and national service personnel from all its 14 districts
including Madina, Amasaman, Osu Clottey, Ablekuma, Adenta, and Tema to donate
blood to support the National Bank.

The donors were
screened of their haemoglobin level, blood pressure, weight as well as blood
groups and other related diseases.

Mr Amartey said
voluntary blood donation by staff of NHIA had become a routine that formed part
of the corporate social responsibility initiatives of the NHIA.

He said the donation
exercise has been incorporated in their programme to be embarked upon on a
yearly basis and had been observed across all the regional offices.

Mr Amartey said the
target for this year was 100 pints of blood and would continue to increase the
quantity of the blood they mobilised annually. 

Mr Stephen Danso, a
Senior Blood Donor Officer at the National Blood Service, commended the NHIA
for its enormous support over the years.

He said the donation
was a necessity because patients needed blood transfusion to survive.

He said the demand at
hospitals was higher and appealed to Ghanaians to voluntarily donate blood to
save lives.

GNA

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