By Robert Anane, GNA
Accra, Oct. 19,
GNA - Donating blood does not affect one’s health as only those cleared to be
medically fit by health personnel are permitted to donate.
Mr Mark Kofi
Tetteh, the Programme Coordinator, National Blood Service, said this in an
interview with the Ghana News Agency during a blood donation exercise as part
of the Research Scientists Association - Ghana Atomic Energy Commission
(RSA-GAEC) week celebration in Accra.
He said in
Ghana, the demand for blood within health institutions was much higher than
like severe anemia and accidents among others often require immediate blood
transfusion in order to save the lives of victims," he said.
Mr Tetteh noted
that considering the processes that blood donated went through to be cleared as
suitable for transfusion, it was often not possible to save a life when blood
was not immediately available during an emergency.
He said even if
a donor came in immediately upon an emergency, it would take some time to
process the blood, thereby making the chances of saving the patient’s life very
need to have a well-stocked blood bank to cater for emergencies could not be
overstated, he said, and that the Korle-bu Teaching Hospital alone needed 150
to 200 units of blood every day, but which was not met.
weighing above 50 kilogrammes and aged between 17 to 60 years are fit to donate
and one can donate blood every four months,” Mr Tetteh said.
He said whilst
an average human had between 5,000 and 6,000 mililiters of blood, the human
body only needed 3,000 to 4,000 mililiters, "and during a blood donation
exercise, only 450 mililiters is drawn."
“It is also
worth noting that it takes only three days for a person to fully recover blood
that had been donated.”
Mr Tetteh urged
individuals, organisations and institutions to contribute their quota towards a
ready and reliable blood bank to save precious lives.
“If just one
per cent of Ghanaians donate blood on a regular basis, that would be sufficient
to save lives," he said.
the RSA-GAEC for organising the exercise and urged other organisations to
emulate the example.