|The Founder of the Club donating blood.|
Three hundred members of the Ghana National Supporters Union (GHANSU) on Saturday donated blood to the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital Blood Bank.
The move formed part of the union’s corporate social responsibility to save lives and also help in social development.
Members of the union from Aburi, Suhum, Tema and the Accra, as well as members of the Winners Chapel, Ghana, took part in the blood donation exercise.
Speaking to the Daily Graphic, the President and Founder of GHANSU, Mr Abraham Boakye, expressed satisfaction with the high turn out of the supporters.
“The number of people who have donated alone shows the commitment of members towards national development,” he said.
He said the exercise was in response to media reports about the shortage of blood at the Blood Bank, adding that there was the urgent need for Ghanaians to join in the national emergency exercise to save lives.
“It’s a selfless act that allows you to help others in an unforgettable way,” he said.
The Head of the medical team from the Accra Area Blood Centre of the Korle-Bu, Alhaji Gambo Iddris Wangabi, lauded the initiative of the union to donate blood to save lives.
He said even though a number of organisations had responded to the call of the hospital to donate blood, the hospital was still in a crisis situation.
“Some of the blood received is shared among other government and private hospitals in the country so we are always short of blood,” he said.
He, therefore, called on organisations and individuals to lend support to the hospital in order to save lives.
Shortage of blood at the Korle-Bu Blood Bank has compelled the management to roll out an emergency programme to get more blood for patients in and outside the hospital.
Under the programme, the hospital appealed to churches, organisations, schools, companies and individuals to donate blood to the bank, which is struggling to cope with the daily blood requirement.
Currently, the Blood Bank needs an average of 100 units (pints) of blood daily to satisfy the needs of patients of the hospital and those of major private healthcare facilities.