Friday, February 14, came with an extraordinary love from the Youth For Mahama (YFM) group, as they spearheaded a blood donation exercise from over 200 people from all walks of life to the blood bank of the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital.
The gesture, according to the group, was borne out of love that the month of February represents to the people.
“Today is Valentine’s Day which tells us to share our love. As a group who believe in the vision of President John Mahama, we have decided to dedicate ourselves to help him realize this dream. So, as part of our commitment towards that course, we have organized young men and women across the country, irrespective of their political affiliation, to team up and donate blood to help save lives,” noted the National Organizer of the group, Hon. Joseph Appiah Boateng.
Mr. Boateng, who is also the Member of Parliament (MP) for Afram Plains South, said such a civic responsibility was towards a national course and urged the public to from time to time, help save life by donating blood to the hospitals.
He also extended the groups hand of friendship to all those who would want to join them to do so since “it is a non-partisan group.” The group, he said, apart from assisting the needy to improve on their living standards, also has a special interest in issues concerning the environment.
The philanthropists, prior to donating 450mls each of blood, were screened by medical personnel of the blood unit to know their health status.
They were awarded with a donor certificate and card from the YFM group and the blood unit of the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital respectively, apart from receiving items like tins of milk, milo and malt drinks after the exercise.
The Korle-Bu blood unit has in recent times bedeviled with shortages of blood, making it impossible to meet the demands of the about 50 hospitals in Accra and Tema that rely on it for supplies.
Deputy Blood Donor Recruit, Korle-Bu, Samuel Kwesi Nunoo, commenting on the issue said the situation was not the best for the country. According to him, his outfit on daily basis, supplies 200 units of blood to the about 50 hospitals in Accra and Tema.
He said blood donation was “a national call” and therefore, appealed to individuals, corporate organizations and institutions to emulate the gesture done them by the YFM group.
“When you donate blood, you get to know your blood group. The exercise is a medical check in itself and you would also receive a donor card which states that you have voluntarily donated blood to save life. When the bearer of the donor card is sick and is need of blood, once it is presented, blood would be given to you free of charge,” he explained.