Koforidua Regional Hospital runs short of blood

The Management of the Koforidua Regional Hospital is appealing to schools churches, organized groups and individuals to come and donate blood to the hospital.

A press release issued by the hospital on Wednesday and signed by the Acting Director of the Hospital, Dr Kwame Anim Boamah, said due to lack of voluntary blood donors, the blood bank was facing an acute shortage of blood.

It said as a result of the shortage, the hospital would not be in a position to cater for patients like pregnant women and accident victims who might need blood transfusion.

Officials of the blood bank explained to the Ghana News Agency that 11 days ago the blood bank collected 183 pints of blood from voluntary blood donors, but all were used on patients whose relations were yet to replace the blood given out, hence the shortage.

The blood bank often depends on voluntary blood donations from second cycle schools in the region but at the moment, the students are in their examination week prior to vacation and it would not be an ideal time to organize blood donations in schools, hence the crisis facing the blood bank.

The hospital is therefore organizing public and staff blood donation on Saturday, December 14, at the Out- Patient Department (OPD) at the hospital at 09.00 hours. GNA

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