MTN Embarks Upon Another Blood Donation Exercise

This year’s MTN Ghana Foundation annual blood donations exercise took off with massive patronage from staff and volunteers.

The blood donation exercise, dubbed ‘Save A Life” is the fifth edition that the giant telecom company embarked on and it took place in Accra and other regions.

The donation exercise was done simultaneously at places such as Greater Accra MTN House, Independence Avenue, Accra; Central region – Central Aggrey Memorial SHS; Western Region -Fiaseman SHS and Market Circle, Ashanti region – Poku Trading Enterprise, St Joseph SHS, Mampong Asante, Northern Region – Forecourt of Regional Library, Tamale.

The Corporate Service Executive, who doubles as the Head of MTN Ghana Foundation, Cynthia Lumor, talking to the media during the exercise said, the move was to show love to people they see as family and friends on Valentine’s Day, by “giving the gift of life to those in need.”

According to her, they have always been able to exceed their target, hinting that last year’s target was 700 pints but ended up getting more.

Last year, the foundation set out to collect 700 pints of blood and with the support of volunteers and partners it was able to exceed that target and collected 1,135 pints across the country, Mrs. Lumor added.

Although this year’s target was to have 1200 pints of blood, she was optimistic they would exceed it. Mrs. Lumor, was positive that the blood collected from various locations will go a long way to complement the needs of the selected blood banks across the country.

She said: “blood donation is something we all need to consider doing because blood cannot be manufactured and any of us might need at one point or the other in our lives”.

Facilities to benefit from the exercise and who are also partners for the project include the National Blood Bank and the blood banks at the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital in Kumasi, Effia Nkwanta Hospital in Takoradi, Tamale Teaching Hospital, Bolga Regional Hospital and Cape Coast Regional Hospital.

The Senior Blood Donor Recruitment Officer, Joyce Oppong Adu, said in an interview that blood served as an important drug, especially if a person is anemic and needed blood transfusion, just like any other drug to make him or her survive.

She said unlike some years back, today because of education, people are coming forward willingly to donate, which is a good sign.

By Maame Agyeiwaa Agyei ([email protected])

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