MTN Ghana has cut the sod for construction of a blood-bank for the Obstetrics and Gynaecology Department at Cape Coast Teaching Hospital in the Central Region.
The project comprises a reception area, office, donor-lounge/corridor, bleeding room, laboratory, fridge-room and a storeroom and is expected to be completed within four months at a total cost of GH¢300,000.
Samuel Koranteng, Corporate Services Executive of MTN Ghana, at the ground-breaking ceremony explained that: “MTN Foundation attaches great importance to blood donation and has been associated with this life-saving event since 2011, collecting over 14,000 units of blood”.
He explained that the country needs frequent and regular blood donations because blood cannot be preserved like other commodities as the shelf-life of blood is only 35 days. Mr. Koranteng noted that it is critical to have adequate blood supplies and equip health centres with the facilities to store the blood collected.
“Those were the compelling reasons why the MTN Ghana Foundation board approved construction of a blood-bank,” he said.
In a related development, MTN Ghana has held the 2020 edition of MTN’s ‘Save a Life Blood Donation Exercise’ at Shama and Takoradi respectively. For almost a decade, MTN Ghana Foundation has set aside 14th February for its annual Save a Life Blood Donation exercise tagged the ‘Save a Life Blood Donation Exercise’.
On this day, MTN encourages staff and the general public to show love during the month of love by donating a unit of blood each year on Valentine’s Day.