The Medical Superintendent of Volta Regional Hospital, Dr John Tampouri, has noted that blood remains an essential component in the country’s efforts to reduce maternal and neonatal mortality rates across the nation.
Receiving assorted items estimated at GH¢1,500 from Benjamin Kpodo, Member of Parliament for Ho Central Constituency, towards “Blood Box 2”, a blood donation exercise, organised by Africa Youth Development and Training Centre, a Non-Governmental Organization, Dr Tampouri appealed to the public to support blood donation activities in the region to save lives.
He said it is ‘unfair’ for people to lose their lives due to unavailability of a pint or two of blood. Dr. Tampouri was very grateful to the MP for the gesture.
The Member of Parliament for Ho Central Constituency Mr. Kpodo said though blood donation is important, not everyone can donate blood due to one or two reasons. He, therefore, pleaded with those who could not donate blood to support such exercises by helping with material support and encouraging others to do so.
Vincent Fekpe, Regional Blood Organiser, advised donors against drinking alcoholic beverages before donation so that the blood received would be in the purest form.
The Founder of the Africa Youth Development and Training Centre and Volta Regional Correspondent for Metro TV, Christian Ahodie, indicated that his work as a Journalist has made him travel to various communities and witness critical situations like maternal deaths in the various societies and Hospitals which is as a result of lack of attention being paid to those areas. He said the Center will never stop this mission until something better is achieved in the area of health across deprived communities in Ghana.
The program was also supported by Indomie Company which donated boxes of Indomie Noodles and GRA-CD, Ho Collection with a cash amount of GHC 2000.