Ghanaians have been urged to donate blood at least twice every year to help stock the national blood bank at Korle Bu Teaching Hospital.
A senior blood co-ordinator at the National Blood Service, Korle-Bu, Miss Joyce Oppong Adu, made the call during a blood donation exercise, orgainsed by the Greater Accra branch of the National Health Insurance Authority (NHIA) in Accra yesterday.
She said blood was needed to save lives making the demand for it always higher than the supply.
According to Miss Adu, the reason for the shortage of blood was the lack of interest on the part of most Ghanaians to donate blood coupled with the constant carnage on the roads.
She also mentioned that sickle cell anaemia patients and premature babies needed blood for their survival, explaining why it was short in supply.
Miss Adu noted that some people lacked the basic education on blood donation, hence the decline in donation.
She urged Ghanaians to frequently donate blood for emergency situations.
Miss Oppong added that blood donors were most healthy people in the country as they were always mindful of their health, and did not engage in reckless and frivolous activities that would jeopardise their lives.
The Greater Accra Director of the NHIA, Mr. Lawrence Amartey, said the exercise was to enable the workers stock the blood bank with blood.
He said the exercise had been incorporated into the national programme of the NHIA.
Mr. Amartey said the donation had already been carried out in all other regions in the country with Greater Accra being the last to orgainse the exercise.
He said the exercise had brought together staff from communities in the region with the expectation of having 200 pints of blood.
By Jemima Esinam Kuatsinu