Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the University of Ghana Medical Center (UGMC), Mr. Darius Owusu has urged the public to donate blood to save lives.
According to him, the process of donating is not a harmful process but rather, it has many health benefits to the donor.
Speaking to UniversNews at the University of Ghana Medical Center (UGMC) during a blood donation exercise in commemoration of World Blood Donor Day, Mr. Darius Osei urged the public to disregard the superstitious beliefs surrounding blood donation and make it a point to donate to save lives.
“It is not harmful, it is safe. These days all the blood that is donated is well screened so that all conditions that will not order well for donations are eliminated. So people who have to be receiving blood should not be scared that the blood will endanger their lives.” He said.
Further speaking, the Head of the Public Relations Unit at the University of Ghana Medical Center, Mrs. Barbara Owusu added that the emergence of COVID-19 has caused a reduction in the bloodstock level hence the necessary exercise of blood donation.
“With the COVID-19, we had a reduction in blood donation generally by blood is one of the essential commodities in the health sector. We are always in need of blood. Generally, because of physical distancing and social distancing and all that, people were distant and were not excited to go to the hospital to donate so there was a reduction in the bloodstock level” she said.
World Blood Donor Day 2021
World Blood Donor Day takes place on June 14 each year. This day is celebrated to raise awareness of safe blood and the voluntary donation of blood to saves the lives of people in need.
The theme for this year’s commemoration is ‘Give blood and keep the world beating’.
Even though COVID-19 slowed down the blood donation process worldwide, countries are beginning to become comfortable again with blood donation.