The National Blood Service last year, adjudged Mobile Telecommunication Network (MTN), the leading mobile telephony company as the second largest corporate blood donor.
The company in 2013, was also awarded for being the highest corporate donor for its dedicated voluntary blood donation campaigns across the country.
According to the MTN foundation, the donation of blood to the blood bank; is its contribution to the blood shortage at the various blood banks in the country.
Speaking at the Valentine’s Day blood donation exercise dubbed, ‘Save a Life Campaign’, Mrs Cynthia Lumor, the Executive Director of MTN Ghana Foundation, said the exercise over the past years has generated over one thousand pints of blood.
She said the blood has since been distributed to major health facilities across the country.
Last year through the efforts of donors, the company was able to collect over six hundred pints of blood, which was also distributed to the various health facilities.
She noted that this year MTN has target to collect seven hundred pints of blood from donation centers in Accra, Kumasi, Shama, Takoradi and Tamale.
She explained that the blood collected would be distributed to the National Blood Bank at Korle-bu Teaching Hospital, Ridge Hospital, Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital,
Effia Nkwanta Hospital and Tamale Teaching Hospitals.
She said, the World Health Organization (WHO) “tells us that voluntary blood donation is the best and safest means of collecting blood”.
According to her, the National Blood Service says only thirty five percent of blood needed for health care, is received through voluntary blood donors.
She took the opportunity to thank the following organizations: Ecobank, Central Car Park Complex Limited, Coca Cola, Tobinco Pharmaceuticals, Damaska Enterprise, Nanaba Enterprise, Gold Street Company Limited, Maranatha Christian Advocacy, Embalinks Telekom and the media partners namely, Luv FM, Radio Shama, Starr FM, Happy FM, among others.