Koforidua Regional Hospital appeals for blood donation

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The Koforidua Regional Hospital has appealed to voluntary blood donors to come to the aid of the Blood Bank of the Hospital.

Speaking to the media, Dr Cardinald Newton, the Acting Director of the Hospital said as, at Easter Monday, the Hospital had only eight units of blood left.

He explained that the main source of blood donations to the Hospital had been second cycle schools, religious organisations, some institutions and voluntary donors.

He said due to the directives against large gatherings and closure of schools, the sources of blood donations to the Hospital had dried up.

Dr Newton said currently the Hospital was contacting voluntary blood donors to donate blood to the Hospital.

He said the Hospital was also motivating women attending anti-natal clinics at the Hospital to impress it upon their relations to donate blood to the hospital for it to be given to them should the need arise during delivery.

The Hospital Director said the Hospital had also written letters to staff members of the Hospital, urging them to donate blood to the Blood Bank and the response he described as wonderful, saying many of them were coming forward to donate blood.

Dr Newton revealed that since the announcement of the lockdown of Greater Accra, Kasoa and Greater Kumasi, patients recorded at the various departments of the Hospital had gone down, except the Obstetrics and Gynecology Department where the anti-natal attendance keeps increasing.

He assured that the Hospital was taking all the necessary steps in the wake of COVID-19 to ensure that the blood donated were safe.

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