Defenders of Chief Imam organizes blood donation exercise to support his centenary celebration
In celebration of the 100th birthday of the National Chief Imam (NCI), His Eminence Sheikh Dr. Osman Nuhu Sharubutu, Defenders of National Chief Imam (DNCI), an interest group that provides moral and physical support to the cause of the NCI has organized a one-day blood donation exercise in collaboration with the 37 Military Hospital blood bank at the premises of the Chief Imam in Fadama, Accra.
The exercise which was under the theme: “donate to save a life” forms part of activities leading up to the climax of the centenary celebration which falls on 23rd April 2019.
About 100 people voluntarily donated 43 units of blood to the facility after going through assessment to establish their fitness to donate blood.
Donors were tested on Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C, Syphilis and HIV.
The President of the group, Mr. Musa Awudu said the group thought it wise to do something noble as part of activities in moral and physical support of his centenary birthday celebration.
The group, he said would donate blood once a year to the blood bank and urged other public-spirited individuals and organizations to follow their example.
He said among the variety of reasons for forming DNCI is mainly to defend and protect the integrity of the Chief Imam, to foster peace and unity in the community and sustain peaceful religious and social co-existence and to support humanity in diverse ways as a whole.
DNCI, he said also exist to protect and defend the legacy of Chief Imam Sheikh Usman Nuhu Sharabutu as an icon of peace in the country and one who has touched so many lives through charity.
Captain Kwarteng Peter Kwame Awuah, a senior bio-medical scientist at the 37 military hospital commended the gesture of the group and urged other organizations, institutions and groups to voluntarily donate blood to support the blood bank, adding that individuals persons can also walk in to donate blood.
He said the gesture will go a long way to bridge the gap of blood deficit at the facility to help issue blood to patients who really need it.
A good number of Ghanaians, he said have still not come to terms with blood donation except some institutions, churches, corporate bodies among a few who normally donate to the facility, saying that most only donate when it is their relative who is in dire need of blood transfusion.
He urged the media to run a campaign to sensitize people on the need to donate blood regularly as it was for the national good and all must rally behind it.
According to him, there are four categories of people who need blood including accident victims, women at labour, people scheduled for elective surgery and children with severe malaria.