The blood donation exercise was to commemorate this year’s Mother’s Day celebration.

GIJ blood .jpg21978 Mother’s Day is a modern celebration honouring one’s own mother, as well as motherhood, maternal bonds, and the influence of mothers in society. It is celebrated on various days in many parts of the world, most commonly in the months of March or May.

Miss Selina Afia Agyeman Antwi, Student of GIJ, in an interview with the Ghana News Agency (GNA), said this was a unique way donors can encourage Ghanaian women who have played a significant role in their lives and in the country while promoting the importance of donating blood”.

Miss Antwi said Ghana has not being able to achieve Goal 4 of the Millennium Development Goals which is to reduce child mortality because of health related issues which included blood.

She said every day, hundreds of women die from causes related to complications of pregnancy and childbirth, severe bleeding during pregnancy, delivery or after childbirth- the single biggest cause of maternal death, hence the donation was to help mothers at the hospitals to deliver babies safely.

Mr Stephen Addai-Baah, Public Relations Officer, National Blood Service, commended the students for the move and urged all clubs, institutions to form voluntarily blood donation clubs in their various institutions to donate blood to save lives because lives lost as a result of non availability of blood keeps increasing.

He said the National Blood Service Ghana would soon introduce the mobile trailer that would be positioned in every community to encourage people to donate blood.

He called on all Ghanaians to cultivate the habit of making regular blood donation to the hospitals to help save lives.

By Kwamina Tandoh, GNA

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