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The annual blood donation exercise of the Mobile Telecommunications Network (MTN) Ghana Foundation, dubbed ‘Save a Life Campaign’, has taken place in Accra.
This year’s exercise, the sixth in a series, was organized by MTN Ghana Foundation in partnership with Ecobank, Ghana (EGH).
In a statement before the beginning of the exercise, Mrs Cynthia Lumor, Executive Director, MTN Ghana, said the exercise involved the mobilization of MTN staff and the general public to voluntarily donate blood to replenish Blood Banks in selected hospitals in Ghana.
Mrs Lumor said last year, 625 pints of blood were collected across the country, exceeding the target by 125 pints.
She said the target for this year was 700 pints of blood from donation centres in Accra, Kumasi, Shama, Takoradi and Tamale which would be distributed to the National Blood Banks at the Ridge and Effia Nkwanta Hospitals, and the Korle-Bu, Komfo Anokye and Tamale Teaching hospitals.
Mrs Lumor said in addition to saving lives, the exercise was a contribution to the achievement of Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) 4 & 5 as the blood collected would be transfused to women in labour who needed blood and, thereby, help in reducing child and maternal mortality.
She commended Ecobank, which also sponsored last year’s exercise, for the partnership and expressed appreciation to Central Car Park Complex Limited, Coca Cola Company, Tobinco Pharmaceuticals, Dapaska Enterprise, Nanaba Enterprise, Gold Street Company Limited, Maranatha Christian Advocacy and Embalinks Telekoms for the various forms of support to the exercise.
Rev. Mrs Patricia Sappor, Head of Communications and Public Relations, Ecobank Ghana and the West Africa Monetary Zone (WAMZ), in an address, said Ecobank Ghana was very proud to be associated with the initiative of saving lives through blood donation.
Rev. Mrs Sappor said the partnership with MTN formed part of the fulfillment of Ecobank’s mission to contribute to the development of Africa, explaining that attending to the health needs of the people was a sure way of promoting development.
She, therefore, pledged the bank’s commitment to actively supporting the health sector of Ghana’s economy in various forms.
For her part, Ms Joyce Oppong Adu of the National Blood Bank commended all donors for volunteering to save human lives and encouraged all Ghanaians in good health to donate blood, adding that blood donation had benefits such as the reduction of heart attack and weight loss.
Source: ISD (G.D. Zaney)