From Samuel Mensah Torbizo, Kumasi
The fifth edition of MTN’s blood donation exercise on Valentine’s day in Kumasi to replenish the blood bank of the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH) was a success.
Residents of Kumasi, turned out in their numbers to donate to give impetus to MTN’s “Save Life” campaign.
The communication giant as part of its Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), has been organizing blood donation
exercises to re -stock the blood bank of some leading hospitals in the country on Valentine’s day since 2011.
The exercise, which was jointly organized by MTN and the Blood Bank of Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH) was aimed to collect 1200 pints of blood.
The blood, will also aid re – stocking the national blood bank, as well as the blood banks in Komfo Anokye Teaching hospital in Kumasi, Effia Nkwanta Hopital in Takoradi, and Tamale Teaching hospital among other regional hospitals in the country.
The head of Transfusion medicines at KATH, Dr. Mrs. Shirley Owusu Ofori in an interview with The Herald, pointed out that it was the responsibility of all persons with good health to donate blood to save lives.
She noted that though the exercise was voluntary, it would help to promote the health of both donors and victims.
According to her, the blood bank needs 70 percent regular community contribution from the national populace to support and to save lives.
Mrs. Owusu Ofori said , they was no means to manufacture blood, therefore, everybody should be willing to donate .
She stressed ,“ It is pity that the banks never have enough blood, we have never gotten enough, people are always in need of blood”.
Mrs. Cynthia Lumor, the executive director, MTN foundation, indicated that, “MTN foundation is pleased to lead a campaign that enables people to positively impact the lives of others”.
According to her, MTN provides endless opportunities, and are prepared to show love to families and friends on valentine day
The Northern sector’s head Technical support unit MTN, Mr. Charles Osei Akoto, indicated the foundation annual Valentine’s Day “save a life” blood donation campaign has been consistently recognized for its positive impact.
He said, MTN received award for being the highest corporate blood donor in 2013, second highest corporate donor in 2014, and one of the highest corporate donors in 2015.