The Industrial and Commercial Workers Union (ICU), Ghana, has marked this year’s International Youth Day (IYD) with a blood donation exercise in Accra.
The programme on the theme “Youth Civic Engagement” brought together member unions from various institutions across the country.
The exercise meant to stock the Korle Bu Blood Bank, reported to have insufficient blood was on the topic, “Blood Donation: Share Why You do it”.
The IYD, is an awareness creation day set aside by the United Nations to draw attention to a set of cultural and legal issues surrounding youth development across the world. It is observed on August 12 annually.
It was characterised by concerts, workshops, cultural events, and meetings involving national and local government officials and youth organisations around the world.
The Deputy General Secretary in-charge of Operations at the ICU, Mr. Morgan Ayawine, who addressed the gathering called on the government and the striking doctors to find a lasting solution to the ongoing strike.
He said the blood donation exercise would be in vain if there were no doctors at the hospitals to make use of the blood to save lives.
The strike, he said, has taken too long to be resolved, resulting in pain and anguish for patients who needed immediate medical attention.
Mr. Ayawine, said it was time the blame game between the Ghana Medical Association and the government ceased and called on President John Mahama to do all he could to solve the impasse.
“The President must make every effort within his powers to solve this standoff between the government and the doctors because it is having a toll on health care delivery in the country,” he said.
The National Youth President of the ICU, Mr. John Ackon, said the association decided to mark the day with a blood donation for the Korle Bu Hospital because of the demands at the hospital.
He said they were of the conviction that, though the blood to be donated might not be enough, it was critical they did what they could in their small way to support the hospital.
He called on other corporate organisations to replicate the gesture to support the national Blood Bank.
Mrs. Joyce Oppong Adu, the Senior Blood Recruitment Officer at the National Blood Bank, said the bank had a limited stock for which reason donations must be made to support the unit.
By Julius Yao Petetsi & Janet Opoku Asantewaah