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Manya Krobo SHS wins blood donation award

BY: Haruna Yussif Wunpini
Dr Arko Akoto Ampaw (2nd from right ), Medical Director of the Eastern Regional Hospital, presenting a brand new plasma television to Peter Sakite (3rd from left), House Master of the Manya Krobo SHS. Looking on are the students and management of the hospital.
Dr Arko Akoto Ampaw (2nd from right ), Medical Director of the Eastern Regional Hospital, presenting a brand new plasma television to Peter Sakite (3rd from left), House Master of the Manya Krobo SHS. Looking on are the students and management of the hospital.

The Manya Krobo Senior High School (MAKROSEC) at Nuaso near Odumase Krobo in the Eastern Region took the first position in the donation of blood to the Eastern Regional Hospital blood bank.

The school, which donated 365 pints of blood, was given a 43-inch plasma television set and a citation.

The second position went to the Koforidua Technical Institute while the Klo-Agogo Senior High School came third.

Both schools were each presented with a 43 inch- plasma television set each and citations.

Other SHS and communities as well as individuals, which donated various pints of blood to the hospital's blood bank, were also honoured.

Donation schools

The schools are Kwabeng Anglican SHS, New Nsutam SHS, Akyem Sekyere SHS, Larteh Presbyterian Technical SHS, Aburi Presbyterian SHS and Benkum SHS all of which were given citations.

The Koforidua Zongo Community and other religious bodies such as Christians and Muslims in the region, who also donated pints of blood to support the hospital’s blood bank, were also honoured.

The awards formed part of activities by the Eastern Regional Hospital to mark this year's World Blood Donor Day with the theme: "Donating Blood is an act of solidarity, join the effort and save lives".

Act of love

Speaking at the ceremony in Koforidua, the Medical Director of the hospital, Dr Arko Akoto Ampaw, said since blood was delicate in every health system, there had been special protocols for its collection and transfusion.

He said there was, therefore, the need for many people to join by donating blood to save lives, stressing that donating blood was an act of love that could not be repaid.

Dr Ampaw stated that “there is no alternative to blood and blood is life-giving, a service, which impact went beyond the patient.”

The impact of blood donation, the Medical Director explained, was normally felt in families and the society in general because one life saved could not be quantified with money.

Giving an explanation on blood transfusion, Dr Ampaw noted that the process was an essential component of the healthcare system of every country including Ghana.

Appreciation

The Eastern Regional Blood Donor Organiser of the hospital, Philomena Quayson, said the awards were to show appreciation to the voluntary donors and indicated that without them, the hospital could not put smiles on the faces of patients.

She, therefore, thanked the donors for their continuous support to the hospital.

According to Mrs Quayson, all those who attained the age of 17 could donate blood, as such they should not hesitate in donating blood.

A House Master of the Manya Krobo SHS, Peter Sakite, who was excited that his school came first in the blood donation exercise, said the school had been educating the students on the benefits of blood donation to save lives since it was in line with Christianity.