Samuel Lobber Lekamwe. Upper West Region’s NHIA Operations Manager.
Authorities at the Upper West National Health Insurance Authority over the weekend organized a blood donation campaign at the Wa Senior High School to augment the stock levels of blood at the Upper West Regional Hospital’s blood bank.
Officials of the National Health Insurance Authority, Distance students from the University of Cape Coast and staff and students of the Wa Senior High School took part in the blood donation exercise.
The Upper West Regional Operations Manager for the NHIS, Mr. Samuel Lobber Lekamwe in his speech said the blood donation exercise is part of the organization’s corporate social responsibility.
” As part of efforts to give back to society (in a form of a flagship Corporate Social responsibility), the NHIA has set aside a day each year to organize blood donation exercise across the country to replenish a number of blood banks.”
He continued that significant “number of people lose their lives as a result of inadequate or non availability of blood at various health facilities.”
Many avoidable deaths resulting from anaemia due to malaria among children, pregnant women, emergencies and motor accidents he said are due to inadequate or non-availability of blood for urgent transfusion.
The Regional Operations Officer entreated other cooperate institutions and all healthy people to make it as part of their corporate Social Responsibility to donate blood to save lives.
“Never again should anyone die due to lack of blood for urgent transfusion! To this end, we entreat other corporate institutions and all healthy people to make it part of their Corporate Social Responsibility to donate blood to save lives.
The blood donation exercise ended with the NHIA realizing 112 Pints of blood from the donors.
The Laboratory Manager at the Upper West Regional Hospital, Kangpi Thea described the blood donation exercise as timely noting that it would help save patients lives.
She said the blood bank as at Saturday had twenty pints of blood of which she described as woefully inadequate.
She stated that the Upper West Regional Hospital as a referral facility needs not less than fifty pints of blood at the blood bank.