The Regional Hospital in Bolgatanga as part of this year’s May Day Celebrations, organised a blood donation exercise to help equip its blood bank and improve service delivery at the unit.
Mr Nyame Boateng, the Acting Unit Supervisor of the Blood Bank, told the Ghana News Agency (GNA) in an interview at this year’s May Day Celebration which was themed; “Ghana at 60: Mobilising for furture through the creation of decent jobs,” that the Hospital decided to use the occasion to sensitize
and encourage the public to donate blood.
He said voluntary blood donors who hitherto donated to support the bank, had stopped and that the hospital was in dire need of blood to stock its bank.
He disclosed that the Regional Hospital which was a referral centre with high demand for blood, had two blood refrigerators and each could store about 150 units of blood, adding that it was worrying to note that the facility currently had less than fifty units of blood in stock.
Mr Boateng said “we are saving lives and we need people to help us do this work, blood is as equal as a drug. It will be disheartening for a person to lose his life for the lack of blood”.
He expressed worry at the situation at the blood bank, and called on the public to help donate to save lives.
Mr Moro Sandah, the Head of Eye Unit at the Hospital, said the Unit also used the opportunity to organise eye screening exercise for the public.
He said the facility realised that most people were suffering from glaucoma but were unaware and therefore reported to the hospital late because the condition had no early signs and symptoms.
“We have examined about seventy people so far, and more than twenty of them are suffering from glaucoma and are not aware,” he hinted.
Mr Sandah said the condition led to irreversible blindness and that over 600,000 people were suffering from glaucoma in Ghana.
He described the exercise as fruitful since the affected people would have gone blind without knowing.