The Management and Staff as well as friends of the National Health Insurance Scheme in the Sunyani Municipality at the weekend turned out to donate blood in support of victims of the June 3 fire and flood disaster that occurred in Accra. The Acting Brong-Ahafo Regional Director of the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS), Yakubu Aminu, in an interview with Develop Ghana Newspaper in Sunyani, said the donation is the Schemeâ€™s way of assisting the victims of the June 3 disaster some of who still are receiving treatment at the various hospitals. According to Mr. Aminu, donors are screened for health risks that could make the donation unsafe for the recipient. He called on the general public to eliminate the fear that blood donation is not good for oneâ€™s health and assist hospitals with blood. Mr. Aminu noted that most of the hospitals in the Region and the nation at large need blood to save lives and as a social responsible organisation; there was the need for the scheme to organized blood donation. The Acting Director used the opportunity to thank the NHIS management, Blood bank and individuals who turned out for the donation exercise and encouraged them to continue assisting the hospitals with blood. Speaking to the Brong-Ahafo Regional Head of the Blood Bank, he Abdul Ganiwu, noted that the 18 people who went through the screening were qualified to donate. He said the screening includes testing for diseases that can be transmitted by a blood transfusion, adding that donors are examined for signs and symptoms of diseases that can be transmitted in a blood transfusion. Mr. Ganiwu mentioned Diabetes, Hepatitis â€œBâ€ and â€œCâ€, Malaria, HIV and Syphilis as some of the diseases tested for. In responding a question on how often a donor can give donate blood, Mr. Ganiwu said one can donate blood every three to four months without any health problems. He further thanked the donors and the organisers for making the exercise successful.
Source: Biiya Mukusah Ali/http://newspaper.developghana.com/Â Â Â