KESSBEN FM, a private radio station in Kumasi, in conjunction with the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH) Blood Bank, last Saturday organized a blood donation exercise in Kumasi to augment the stock of blood required at the hospital.
This was in line with the hospital's aim to stock about 2000 pints of blood before the commencement of the MTN Africa Cup of Nations football tournament which starts on January 20 next year.
The organizers targeted 400 pints of blood in the exercise, which was highly patronized by residents of the Garden City.
Speaking to DAILY GUIDE, Mr. Francis Sarkodie, Senior Biomedical Scientist at the KATH Blood Bank said the exercise was in response to an appeal his outfit made to Kessben FM to supplement the hospital's stock of blood in anticipation of the African Cup of Nations football tournament.
According to him, the hospital seeks to increase its stock of blood to be able to contain any eventuality during the tournament, adding that his outfit would organize similar exercises with other radio stations in the city.
Mr. Sarkodie indicated that Christmas season was the time that the hospital normally run short of blood and advised the populace to donate blood at all times to save lives.
He expressed delight about the high patronage of the exercise and thanked Kessben FM for the massive publicity it gave the exercise on its network.
Miss Evelyn Nsiah Asare, host of Kessben FM's health programme, “Stay Healthy”, said her outfit organized the exercise with the sole aim of reducing maternal death to the barest minimum in the region.
She indicated the station's readiness to organize a similar exercise in March 2008 and called on residents in the city to patronize that also.
From Fred J.A. Ibrahim Jnr., Kumasi.