Regular blood donors to the Bamenda Regional Hospital blood bank get certificates of recognition
As a part of activities for World Blood Donor day 2018, some regular blood donors to the Bamenda Regional Hospital Blood Bank, have been awarded Certificates of Recognition as regular blood donors by the National Blood Transfusion Programme through the Ministry of Public Health. The event took place at the multipurpose hall of the Bamenda Regional Hospital, chaired by the Director’s representative, Dr. Mrs. Njini Rose, the hospital’s General Supervisor. In an opening remark the Chief of Service for the Blood Bank at the hospital, Mr Atabon Ako, said these donors have proven reliable as they are always available when the need for blood in the blood bank arises. These donors have relentlessly made sure that the blood bank does not run out of supply. Since we cannot meet up with the demand for blood in the region, their efforts cannot be undermined although it is not enough to supply all in need, given the demand is high. It is for this reason that blood donation campaigns are carried out to ensure that many more people with healthy blood donate to save lives, Mr Atabon added.
The Chief of Service for the Blood Bank stressed on a couple of elements: first he talked on who is eligible to donate blood. Mr Atabon explained that the age factor has a role to play. Once a person is between the ages of 18 and 60, he/she can donate blood; blood is not collected from children. There is equally the fulfillment of the medical criteria; vital signs are taken (blood pressure, weight and hemoglobin level). The hemoglobin level determines the level of blood that a person has in his/her system. Females need to have a greater than or equal to 12 grams per deciliter while men are supposed to have greater or equal to 13 grams per deciliter. After going through that, the blood sample is collected to run some tests like HIV, Hepatitis B and C, and Syphilis. These four tests are done in all the Blood Banks in the world and the Regional Hospital Bamenda Blood Bank is not an exception, Mr. Atabon reiterated.
Donating blood for these Donors is a passion since their main aim is to save lives. Che Louis Ngwa is the highest blood donor who has donated 22 times and is willing to do so many more times. Inspiration to donate blood to save lives came to him when he missed a plane crash on his way to Ghana some years back. He found out that there was more to his life than he thought. To Mr. Che Louis the only way he could appreciate God’s grace upon his life was to help another person live another minute by donating a pint of his blood. What defines his best moment in blood donation is when he knows that the blood he donated actually made a person stay even one minute, one hour, one month or one year longer. He becomes traumatized when an individual still dies after being transfused blood.
Fon Wamucho who is the second highest donor and a health practitioner knows the need for blood and in his quest to save lives, has donated blood 15 times. To him and other blood donors, to be able to save lives, one must live a healthy life void of STIs to maintain a safe blood which can save lives.
The ceremony was marked by a presentation of the certificates by the director’s representative, Dr. Mrs Njini Rose who appreciated the donors for the role they have been playing to see that the blood bank of the Regional hospital does not lack reserve blood. At any time there has been need for blood these persons have always proven reliable to be relied upon. She however urged them to keep up the effort and called on all and sundry to take blood donation seriously and make it a routine exercise. Dr. Mrs. Njini thinks that we all are affected in one way or the other, if we are not affected.
Pedmia Shatu Tita