Health News Tue, 9 Jun 2015

Ministry of Health appeals for blood donation

Mr Alex Segbefia, Minister of Health, has appealed to the public to donate blood to support the victims of the recent flood and fire disaster in Accra and other parts of the country.

Mr Segbefia said such donations would help to save lives of many in need.

A statement released in Accra by Mr Stephen Addai-Baah, Public Relations Officer of Ghana National Blood Service (NBS), said individuals who wish to donate blood must be 17- 60 years.

It said they must be 50 kilograms and above and eat before donating, adding that donors could go back to their normal duties with the exception of those who are engaged in vigorous activities.

The NBS has also asked medical facilities with emergency cases to contact the Service immediately for blood supply.

The statement said people in the Greater Accra Region could donate blood at selected centres including the Korle-Bu Blood Bank; NBS headquarters, Ridge, 37 and the Police Hospitals.

It also identified the Okomfo Anokye Teaching Hospital for residents in the Ashanti Region; Afia Nkwanta Regional Hospital for residents in the Western Region; and Sunyani Regional Hospital for residents in the Brong Ahafo Region.

It said residents of the Volta Region could donate blood at the Regional Hospital; residents of the Eastern Region at the Regional Hospital, residents of the Upper West Hospital at the Wa and Nandom Hospitals and residents of Upper East Region at the Regional hospital.

Source: GNA