The National Blood Service, Ghana (NBSG) has awarded some voluntary donors and institutions for donating and supporting voluntary blood donation exercises in the country.
This formed part of 14 National Blood Donor Day and the launch of the 2015 blood donation campaign.
Dr Justina K. Ansah, Director National Blood Service, said the Day was instituted to publicly acknowledge and show appreciation to loyal voluntary non-remunerated blood donors and stakeholders for saving lives.
Dr Ansah said the need for blood was constant for many especially women in the childbearing age, adding that a single donation could make a difference hence the need for all to have the urge to donate blood voluntarily.
The theme ?Safe Blood for Safe Motherhood? is to ensure that there is enough blood in hospitals that would enhance the live saving of mothers during child birth.
She said the provision of adequate and safe quantities of blood to mothers and children who require blood transfusion would contribute significantly to the attainment of the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) 4 and 5.
?The gift of life from our selfless voluntary non-voluntary non-remunerated blood donors has kept thousands of women alive across the country. I am glad to express my deepest appreciation to them for their kind gestures,? she stated.
Dr Kwaku Agyemang-Mensah, the Minister of Health in a speech read on his behalf, congratulated the winning donors and said millions of Ghanaians owe their lives to these individuals they would never meet.
Dr Agyemang Mensah said as more and more countries achieve the goal for 100 per cent voluntary non-remunerated blood donation, there was growing indication that with the necessary commitment, Ghana would soon join the fraternity of 100 per cent voluntary non-remunerated blood donor country.
He said the ministry would ensure the availability of safe blood and blood products to all patients in hospitals who needed blood transfusion.
The minister said with support of the health partners working towards the establishment of three area blood centers in Kumasi, Tamale and Accra would replace the hitherto fragmented and unregulated blood donor system characterized by commercial or family replacement blood donor system for safety and adequacy.
Eleven people and corporate institutions and Senior High Schools were given citations, electrical gadgets and books for their voluntary works in the country. With Abdulahi-Maazu emerged as the National Best Blood Donor.