Health News of Wednesday, 16 May 2012
Professor Kwaku Armah, Dean of Graduate Studies and Research at the African University College of Communication (AUCC), on Wednesday called for the provision of periodic information on the existing stock of the nation’s blood banks.
He said having enough blood at the blood banks was important as it serves as a critical component in the health delivery system and in the prevention of casualties that may occur as a result of loss of blood.
He said “we need to inculcate into the people the act of donating frequently and freely so as to save lives”.
Prof Armah said this during a Lecture on Kidney diseases and a blood donation and breast cancer screening exercise, organized by the AUCC as part of activities marking its tenth anniversary celebrations.
The event was on the theme “Education in an age of globalization and convergence - AUUC at 10”.
He said the event was to create awareness on the increasing rate of breast cancer and kidney related diseases as well as to educate the students on the need to have regular screening and donations.
He said as human beings, we need to take good care of our bodies, since it could collapse at any time if proper care was not given.
Prof Armah appealed to the general public to be mindful with the intake of foods and avoid unhealthy environments.
Mr Ato Amoaning –Annan, Vice President Administration, AUCC, said the exercise forms part of the institute’s corporate social responsibility and also to make students aware and understand the need to give back to the society.
He said “it was important for individuals to reach out to societies and also support hospitals by donating to the blood banks and help save lives”.
Mrs Evelyn Amma-Essiew, Senior Nursing Officer of the Accra Ridge Hospital, said due to the nature of food we eat, most people lack adequate blood to function properly, so it is important for people to participate in blood donation exercises in order to save the lives.
She said the initiative of the school was a laudable one saying as a nation, it is very important to enrich the blood capacity of our hospitals and urged all Ghanaians not to be afraid but make it a point to donate once a while to save the life of someone somewhere.**