The Executive Director of the Samuel Amo Tobbin (SAT) Foundation, Harriet Asante, has called on Ghanaians to change their attitude towards blood donation exercises.
She observed that certain beliefs and norms in the Ghanaian society still prevent people from taking part in blood donations exercise, a situation she said must be discouraged.
Harriet Asante made the call at the third blood donation exercise and health screening, organised by the SAT Foundation, which was held on Saturday at the premises of the Atinka Media Village (AMV), Avenor.
About 200 people participated in the exercise, which was organised in collaboration with the Entrance University College of Health Sciences, Entrance University Hospital and the St. Karol School of Nursing, with Abii National Bank assisting.
The exercise, which was part of the SAT Foundation’s annual activities was to support the National Blood Service to restock the National Blood Bank.
While some participants donated blood, others took advantage of the exercise to get screened for various ailments.
There was fasting blood sugar test early in the morning as well as malaria, body mass index, blood pressure as well as breast cancer tests.
Harriet Asante said the Foundation spearheads the corporate social responsibilities on behalf of the Tobinco Group of Companies and they thought it prudent to collaborate with the National Blood Service, to undertake the exercise.
“Stocking the blood bank saves lives so we have taken it upon ourselves to save the numerous pregnant women, accident victims, and malaria patients who would need blood,” she said.
“We cannot wait until it is dire before going to town with such an exercise. It could be any of our loved ones who may need blood to be saved and only God knows whether by that time it will be available. So we need such exercises,” she said.
Harriet Asante said the exercise will be held frequently to boost public participation in blood donation, urging other corporate bodies to challenge themselves by organising similar exercises to replenish the National Blood Service.
She also commended all the participants of the exercise, encouraging the public to value blood donation exercise and participate any time they are given the opportunity to.
On his part, the Public Relations Officer of the National Blood Service, Stephen Addai-Baah, thanked the Foundation for always thinking about them and supporting them.
He Called for more voluntary blood donations on a yearly basis, saying that, “If one per cent of the population donates blood, it would put the National Blood Bank in a very good position to take care of emergency situations like accidents.”
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