The leading Mobile Telecommunication Network(MTN) Ghana has held its annual blood donation exercise at Cape Coast Teaching Hospital and Adisadel College to support the blood bank and Regional hospitals in Ghana.
For almost a decade, MTN Ghana Foundation has set aside 14th February for annual save a life blood donation exercise in all the 16 regions with a called on general public to show love during the month of love by donating a unit of blood each year, on Valentine’s Day.
Speaking at the annual blood donation exercise at Cape Coast Teaching Hospital, the Corporate Service Executive of MTN, Mr. Samuel Koranteng said his outfit vow to raise 5,000 units of blood from all 16 regions to end maternal deaths.
In view of this, MTN Ghana needs voluntary blood donors to stock up blood banks to support women during child birth process and accident victims who need blood to survive instead of relying on family replacement process which comes in late in most cases.
“We need frequent and regular blood donation because blood cannot be preserved like other commodities: the shelf life of blood I understand is only 35 days” Mr. Koranteng stated.
He said the statistics from the Cape Teaching Hospital revealed that maternal mortality ratio for 2018 was 860/10,000 live births, citing that the first half of 2019, 12 out of the 15 maternal deaths that were recorded were blood related.
According to him, it is critical to have adequate blood supplies and equip health centers with the facilities to store the blood collected.
MTN company used blood donation exercise to cut sod for the construction of a blood bank project at the Cape Coast Teaching Hospital costing GH¢ 300,000.
The project which were compelling by the MTN Ghana Foundation board approved the construction of a blood bank for the Obstetrics and Gynecology Department of the Cape Coast Teaching Hospital is expected to complete in four months.
The project comprise, Reception area, office, Donor Lounge/Corridor, Bleeding Room, Laboratory, fridge Room, Store Room and Washroom.
He cited that the availability of a blood bank for the department will help provide enough blood for emergency cases and also help reduce maternal mortality due to Obstetric Hemorrhage.
Mr. Koranteng stated that, the provision of this facility will reduce the department’s dependence on the main Teaching Hospitals Blood Bank which is already overburdened.
Source: Hajia Hassan