By Godfred A. Polkuu, GNA
Bolgatanga, Sept. 3, GNA – The Youth wing of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community – Ghana, in collaboration with the Upper East Regional Health Directorate has organized blood donation exercise in Bolgatanga to help equip the blood bank in the region.
The exercise was part of the Association’s three days activities to mark its 39th Annual National Rally held in Bolgatanga the regional capital. The event was on the theme: “Self – Reformation.”
Speaking in an interview with the Ghana News Agency (GNA) during the exercise, Mr Abdul Shakoor Abakah, Secretary of the Welfare and Humanity Service of the Majlis Khuddam-Ul Ahmadiyya (Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Organization) Ghana, said as part of their doctrine as Muslims, they were mandated to seek the welfare of their fellow human beings.
He said the exercise was in tune with the command from the Almighty Allah, “so we donate blood and the intention is to serve mankind,” he added, and disclosed that the exercise was usually done across all the regions in a minimum of three times in a year.
“This is the national one, and our target is the Upper East Region and so all the major hospitals in the Upper East Region are going to benefit, and their staff are here. For this exercise, we are expecting a minimum of thousand pints of blood. It is our hope that within this three-day period we will have our thousand, Mr Abakah said.
Dr Abu Abudu Rahamani, the Regional Biomedical Scientist, told the GNA that the initiative was very important and would improve on the blood stock in the region to help pregnant women and children who were mostly consumers of blood and its products.
He said the Regional Health Director was pleased with the initiative and expressed optimism that the exercise would help them harvest enough blood for the region, and used the opportunity to call on pregnant women to visit antenatal centres and make sure they abide by the instructions from their midwives to avoid anaemia in pregnancy and for safe delivery.
“We want to appeal to all pregnant women to make sure that they visit the antenatal clinic, see your midwife so that they will be monitored till they deliver, and we are hopeful that once you go through that process, you will have a safe delivery. If there are any complications, you will be monitored and advised on what to do and what not to do.”
Dr Rahamani explained that the clients were first registered, their vital signs thus blood pressure, pulse rate, respiration and weight checked, and they moved to the testing bench where their haemoglobin levels were checked to ensure that they had enough blood to give.
“It is not that because we want blood, we just take anybody on board. Their health is also of importance to us.”
He said the team was only testing for haemoglobin levels because of the numbers that were trooping in to donate, and added that donors were offered refreshment after donating, and were properly examined before they were allowed to leave.
Dr Rahamani disclosed that almost all the blood levels in the banks in the region were down because raining seasons were peak seasons for malaria and anaemia where children often recorded very low haemoglobin levels.
Dr Majeed Alhassan, Medical Superintendent of the War Memorial Hospital in Navrongo who was part of the team, told the GNA that voluntary unpaid blood donation was the most recommended form of blood donation that was needed, and said statistics from the Ghana Blood Service showed that they were falling short of the 100 percent target hence the need for the exercise.