Ama K Abebrese donates blood as part of her birthday celebration
Award winning actress, Ama K Abebrese celebrated her birthday on Friday and to mark the day, she, together with her friends, donated blood to the Police Hospital in Accra.
The actress was joined by some renowned personalities including actress Nana Ama McBrown and musician D-Cryme for a breakfast at the Africa Regent Hotel before the donation.
At the breakfast, Ama K Abebrese’s mother, celebrities and friends joined her to cut her birthday cake with a wish that the future brings more blessings on her.
The blood donation, which was her widow’s mite to help replenish the hospital’s blood bank, witness some of her friends donating about seven pints of blood to the Police Hospital which is currently under a lot of pressure due to the nationwide strike by doctors.
The 2011 Best Actress in a Leading Role at the African Movie Academy Awards (AMAAs) told Myjoyonline.com after the donation that she was inspired by a friend, a medical doctor to donate blood.
According to her, “there is usually a shortage [of blood] in Ghana. A lot of people are afraid to donate I think they think that there is some kind superstition, people have so many reasons why they are afraid to donate.”
As it is her birthday, she wanted to give something back to society: “I am not a fan of needles per say but to be able to save a life, I thought this is one of the greatest things I could do, to not only thank God for adding another year to my life but also by donating blood [for a good course].”
She hopes to raise awareness for more people to donate blood to stock the country’s blood banks and to save lives.
Ama K Abebrese noted that, the donation is going to be a part and parcel of her and after receiving the needed education on blood donation, “it is a small sacrifice,” one can make for humanity. She hopes to repeat the exercise in three months time.
Chief Superintendent Francis Mainu Ofe, Head of Laboratory and Pathology Department of the Police Hospital, was grateful for the donation and thanked the actress for the bold move.
He told Myjoyonline.com that the donation was timely as it coincided with a woman who was bleeding profusely and needed blood urgently to save her life.
“We needed to replenish her immediately, fortunately for her, though we had some, what has happened is that she [Ama K Abebrese] has come in to give us more to help those who will be in need,” Chief Superintendent Ofe disclosed.
The Head of Laboratory and Pathology Department of the hospital urged Ghanaians to take the bold step to donate blood because blood requests “are very unpredictable.”
Story by Ghana | Myjoyonline.com | Ernest Dela Aglanu (Twitter: @delaXdela / Instagram: citizendela)