Regional Hospital Celebrates World Blood Donor Day amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, recognizes regular Blood Donors with certificates
Every year on 14 June, countries around the world celebrate World Blood Donor Day. The event serves to thank voluntary, unpaid blood donors for their life-saving gifts of blood and to raise awareness on the need for regular blood donations to ensure the quality, safety and availability of blood and blood products for patients in need.
Joining the international community, the Blood Bank of the Regional hospital Bamenda, as part of activities for World Blood Donor Day 2021, awarded Certificates of Recognition to regular blood donors. The event to commemorate this day took place in the Multi-purpose Hall of the Regional Hospital, and was chaired by its Director, Dr Denis Nsame, in the presence of the administrative staff, the staff and regular blood donors.
During the brief ceremony, the Chief of Service for the Blood Bank at the Regional Hospital, Mr Atabon Ako, said amidst the crisis and the COVID-19 pandemic, these donors have proven to be reliable as they are always available whenever 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 the demand for blood in the region, their efforts cannot be undermined although it is hardly enough to supply all in need, given that 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. He further stated: “The slogan for this year Give Blood and Keep the world Beating is quite apt because, as we all know, blood donation has been greatly slowed down by the pandemic and if we do not save lives, many people will die of anemia. The need for blood has increased due to the pandemic and COVID patients need blood as convalescent plasma which is very important in their treatment comes from persons who were once exposed to Covid-19 and have this developed antibodies against it. If .this plasma is transfused to COVID-19 patients, it will help to reduce the viral load of the SARS-COV2 which is the causative agent of the COVID19 disease.”
Stressing on the advantage of blood donation, Mr Atabon said it has a value-added impact on the institution, on blood donors and on the beneficiaries “when people donate, the service remains ever ready to serve the needy population. This is very important to the blood service and to the patients. The advantage to the blood donor is that each time they carry out a donation is an opportunity to check themselves whether they are healthy or not. There is no body who donates blood when they are sick; sonitnis an advantage for them to make their donation so that we tell them their state of health. If they are sick, we let them know it. they. For example. if someone has the risk of developing hypertension, we tell them and we give them advice on how to fight it in order to mitigate its impact.”
The Director's message on this Blood Donors day was that of encouragement to regular blood 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 that they are trustworthy and can be relied on. H however urged them to keep up the effort and called families and the youths to take blood donation seriously and make it a routine exercise to save lives and keep the world
beating as the slogan reads.
Donating blood for these Donors is a passion since their main aim is to save lives. Fortoh Beramine one of the regular voluntary donors said he has been donating since 2018. His motivation came from a sensitization campaign carried out by the chief of service at the blood bank indicating the need to save lives through blood donations and knowing that he is healthy he came to the hospital and all the necessary lab investigations were carried out. Fortoh encourages mostly youths who are healthy to come donate blood to save lives.
The ceremony ended with the award of certificates of Recognition by the hospital administration to regular voluntary blood donors and blood donation campaign continued. Beginners received the white while those who have donated four or more times received the green certificates.
Prior to the days celeberation it should be noted the Chief of Service for the Blood Bank at the hospital, Mr Atabon Ako, has been on a media campaign to sensitize the masses on the need for voluntary blood donation.