MTN Ghana set to collect 1,700 pints of blood for National Blood Bank
DEVELOPMENT| Feb. 16, 2016, 10:42 a.m.
By Nana Appiah Acquaye, Accra, Ghana
Ghanaians from all walks of life trooped to the various MTN’s “Save a Life” campaign blood collection centre across the country to donate their blood to support the National Blood Bank and the country as a whole to achieve the World Health Organization (WHO) goal of obtaining 100% voluntary and unpaid blood donation by 2020.
This forms part of MTN the annual blood donation exercise instituted by MTN Ghana Foundation to celebrate Valentine’s Day every year. At a short ceremony to open the 5th edition of MTN’s “Save a Life” campaign held at the new MTN House in Accra and attended by top executives of MTN Ghana including the Chief Executive Office Ebenezer Twum Asante, the Executive Director of MTN Ghana Foundation Cynthia Lumor noted that within the five years of running the blood donation initiative, the programme has been able to collected more than 2,000 pints of blood for various medical facilities across the country.
She indicated that last year, MTN Ghana set as it target to collect 700 pints of blood but through the support of volunteers and partners the target was exceeded and that 1,135 pints of blood were collected from nine collection points across the country.
“This year, we want to push ourselves harder, so we have set the target at 1,200 pints that we hope to collect from nine bleeding centres in Accra, Cape Coast, Secondi, Takoradi, Tarkwa, Kumasi, Asante Mampong, Tamale and Bolgatanga” she emphasised.
She acknowledge are the National Blood Bank and the blood banks in Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital in Kumasi, Effia Nkwanta Hospital in Takoradi, Tamale Teaching Hospital, Bolga Regional Hospital and Cape Coast Regional Hospital for the tremendous commitment to the project.
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