Inter-school Blood Campaign Launched in Ghana
In order to promote friendly competition among Ghana’s second-cycle schools, the National Blood Service (NBS) and Kwaaba Foundation have created an inter-school blood donation program.
The program was introduced in conjunction with the Conference of Heads of Assisted Secondary Schools (CHASS), which recently celebrated its 60th anniversary in Koforidua, in the Eastern Region.
Let your Blood Count! is the campaign’s slogan, and when well executed, it will strengthen student patriotism and inspire increased support from former students because the winning schools’ efforts to save lives will result in some goodwill from former students organizations.
At the launch, Dr. Shirley Owusu-Ofori, the acting CEO of the National Blood Service, acknowledged that second-cycle schools in Ghana were a crucial group of blood donors. As a result, she believed that taking advantage of the blood donation competition opportunity would aid the blood service in its efforts to increase voluntary blood donation and sustain itself.
Dr. Owusu-Ofori pointed out that Ghana would be the first nation in the ECOWAS sub-region to adopt such a program once the inter-school competition was fully operationalized.
She claimed that the program and other measures were vital because the nation was in desperate need of blood because we had never reached our target blood need of 1% of the population, or 300,000 units.
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Acute blood loss causes daily deaths in youngsters and expectant moms. Patients with sickle cell disease, leukemia, cancer, and other illnesses require blood transfusions to survive. Without a doubt, no one should perish from a lack of blood, as the majority of these deaths are preventable.
Maame Kwaaba Stephens, the founder of the Kwaaba Foundation and the brand ambassador for voluntarily giving blood, promised her unwavering support to make the plan more sustainable.
Blood does really treat a wide variety of other diseases. Our impact will extend beyond the patient and have an effect on their family, loved ones, and society as a whole by giving them the gift of life, said Maame Kwaaba.