Koforidua Regional Hospital faces blood shortage

The Koforidua Regional Hospital is facing acute blood shortage following its inability to have voluntary donors to respond to an emergency blood donation campaign organized at the weekend.

Only seven people and three staff of the facility including the Acting Medical Director of the hospital, Dr Kwame Anim Boamah, responded to the call and donated blood.

The Hospital last week, through the local radio stations in Koforidua, had a three-day publicity campaign to the emergency blood donation exercise.

That was followed by a press release appealing to the public to come forward to donate blood following the acute blood shortage that hit the Hospital.

According to officials of the blood bank, all the 183 pints of blood collected at the end of November got finished as relatives of the beneficiaries of the blood failed to replace them.

The blood bank normally depends on voluntary donations by second cycle students in the region but currently those donors are writing their examinations and would not be in position to donate.

Commenting on the situation Mr Phanuel Mordzifa, Blood Organizer of the Hospital, described the situation as critical and appealed to the beneficiaries of the blood from the blood bank to pressurize their relatives to donate blood to replace what they had benefitted from.

He said the facility was a referral Hospital which would not be able to operate successfully without blood at the blood bank.

Mr Mordzifa appealed to religious organizations, opinion leaders and corporate organizations to help organize people to donate blood to the blood bank. GNA

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