Telecom giant MTN Ghana has organized it’s annual blood donation exercise dubbed; ‘Save a Life blood donation campaign’ at Damongo and Bole in the Savanah Region of Ghana.

The annual exercise gives MTN staff, trade partners and the general public the opportunity to show love on Valentine‘s Day by donating a unit of blood to save lives in the country every 14th day of February.

In Damongo the exercise which took place at the Town Clinic in the West Gonja Municipality and in Bole at the Bole District Hospital in Bole town. Many residents including workers of the Ghana Health Services, students and security services personel took part in the donation exercise.

As part of the donation exercise for this year, some staff of MTN, led by its Territory Controller Mr Matthew Abugbilla indicated that MTN Ghana is committed to supporting health care delivery in the Savanah Region and Ghana as a whole.

He mentioned that since its inception in 2011, the MTN Save a Life Campaign which has been in partnership with various institutions has yielded very positive results with many people across the country benefiting from the initiative.

Matthew Abugbilla disclosed that this year, MTN has set for itself, a target of 7,000 units of
blood across the country which according to him have witnessed remarkable achievements, with over 26,000 pints of blood collected to date”.

The West Gonja Municipal Director of Health Services Madam Gertrude Yentumi in an interview with Bole based Nkilgi FM thanked the telecommunications giant for the initiative. She indicated that the best way to motivate other people to take part in the donation exercise which she is much involved.

She expressed hope that the annual campaign by MTN will be able to address critical gaps in blood supply and promote voluntary blood donation thereby contributing to saving several lives and also reduce maternal mortality rates across the region.

She encouraged the general public to get involved in the exercise as a way of giving back to the society which will save many lives in the entire region and beyond.

The Medical Social Worker of the St Anne’s Hospital in Damongo, Madam Elorm also added her voice in praising MTN Ghana for the initiative and assured them of fair distribution of the donated blood and save keeping of the blood in the blood bank of the hospital.

Several units of blood has been donated in both Bole and Damongo through the the ‘Save a Life’ campaign with the MTN Ghana Foundation being recognised for the impact and contributions made to Ghana’s health care delivery system.