People donating blood during the Kessben FM Blood Donation exercise.

People donating blood during the Kessben FM Blood Donation exercise.

PETER BOATENG, Deputy Chief Blood Donor Organizer at the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH), has demystified the myth that donating blood has bad effects on the donor.

He stated that donating blood posed no health challenge to the donor, disclosing that some people had donated blood more than 40 times and they still looked healthy, strong and willing to donate more.

Mr. Boateng was speaking to DAILY GUIDE during Kessben FM?s annual blood donation exercise for 2012, organized at Aseda House at Adum in Kumasi to get more blood to stock the KATH Blood Bank.

He entreated people to willingly donate so that the blood bank would have enough blood always to help save patients in dire need of blood to survive.

Mr. Boateng said donating blood presented several benefits to the donor, noting that the donor would get to know his/her blood status, be given a certificate and the donor and his/her family would also be guaranteed blood in times of need.

Mrs. Afua Korantemaa Oware, broadcast journalist and host of ?Your Health? on Kessben FM, also debunked perception that donating blood had health implications on the donor.

She said donating blood rather made the donor look healthy as he/she would get rid of their old cells to pave way for new ones to grow.

Kessben FM, Mrs. Oware said, had been organizing the blood donation exercise annually to help stock more blood at the KATH Blood Bank, especially during the Yuletide season during which vehicular accident cases rise.

She therefore implored people to patronize blood donation exercises so that the blood banks across the country would always have blood at their disposal to cater for patients.

Last year, about 500 people donated blood when Kessben FM organized the event and Mrs. Oware said she was hoping to exceed last year?s target.

She commended rLG Communication, Alpha Medical Laboratory and Scan Services, Promasidor Ghana, Kinapharma, Indomie and several others for sponsoring the event.

 FROM I.F. Joe Awuah Jnr., Kumasi

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