SIC Life organises blood donation exercise

BY: Elizabeth Nyaadu Adu
• Students of ATTC donating blood

SIC Life Insurance LTD, in collaboration with the National Blood Service (NBS), has organised a blood donation exercise in Accra.

The exercise held at the Accra Technical Training Centre (ATTC), saw students donating blood to support the National Blood Bank.

At the donation exercise last Thursday, the Head of Corporate Affairs for SIC Life Insurance, Albert Bahum-Wilson, said the exercise formed part of the Insurance Industry Blood Donation and the commitment of the insurance industry players in the country to saving lives.

“We are here to donate blood to serve the blood bank. Last year, the Blood Bank paid a courtesy call on insurance industry players for blood donation to help stock the Blood Bank,” he said.

The exercise, he said, was an annual event, which started last year with corporate institutions embarking on voluntary blood donation, as well as stock blood to save more lives.

He said this year’s exercise was focusing more on the second cycle institutions as they were more vibrant and healthier.

He added that the exercise fell in line with the outfit's values, adding that “we will continue to partner with the NBS to save more lives”.

The Principal Blood Donor Recruitment Officer at the NBS, Sophia Blankson, said the exercise was expected to generate about 100 pints of blood.

She explained that between 300 and 400 units of blood were used daily; hence, there was a need to store sufficient blood for emergency purposes.

“No matter how much blood we always have available, we need to store more due to emergency cases in our hospitals,” she said.

She expressed appreciation to SIC Life Insurance and the management of ATTC for supporting the initiative.