Upper West Region NHIA collects 59 pints of blood

By Prosper K. Kuorsoh, GNA

Wa, July 14, GNA – The National Health Insurance Authority (NHIA) in the
Upper West Region has collected 59 pints of blood through a blood donation
exercise organized recently at the Jahan College of Education in Wa.

The exercise, which was aimed at replenishing the Upper West Regional
Hospital Blood Bank, saw a total of 138 people turning up for the exercise out
of which 67 were tested and 59 qualified to donate.

Participants comprised the staff and students of the Jahan College of
Education, staff of the NHIS and the general public.

Mr Abass Suleymana, Upper West Regional Director of the NHIA, said the
NHIA, as part of its strategic plan to give back to society, set aside a day
each year to collect pints of blood to replenish the various blood banks across
the country.

He said it is regrettable that a significant number of people lost their
precious lives as a result of inadequate or non-availability of blood at the
health facilities.

Mr Suleymana said many deaths resulting from anemia due to malaria among
children and motor accidents were due to inadequate or non-availability of
blood for urgent transfusion.

He entreated all healthy people to make it a habit to donate blood to
save lives.

Mr Suleymana said their initial target was to collect 100 pints of blood
from the exercise to stock up the Regional Hospital’s Blood Bank.

He expressed gratitude to all who participated in the exercise saying
more people would hopefully turn up in future events to help them meet their
stated target.

Master Jonathan Tengviel, a Service Personnel and a first time donor,
said he was happy to participate in an exercise that would go a long way to
save someone’s life.

He urged the youth to endeavour to donate anytime there was an
opportunity for them to do so.

Mr Sunday Sakabgbem, a Blood Bank Official at the Upper West Regional
Hospital, said the current situation at the blood bank was alarming and
attributed it to the increase in malaria and maternity cases within the period.

He described the NHIA intervention as timely and lauded the organisation
for embarking on the exercise at a time the hospital was experiencing high
demand for blood.

He, however, expressed concern that the hospital did not have an
adequate storage facility to store the blood being collected and appealed for a
requisite blood bank fridge.


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