Family members reluctantly donate blood

Date: Friday August 9, 2019, 11:28 pm

By: WatchGhana.Com/Mary Gyekyewaa Gyekye

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The fear of donating blood has led to some family members refusing to donate blood to sick patients to undergo surgery and also to aid in healing.
Family members who were the support system of patients bind themselves with frivolous excuses such as "I drive often", "I'm a farmer" to either refuse or reluctantly donate blood to save the lives of their own.
The factor which was observed for a period of time, slowed down the healing process of patients, and drew back service delivery.
This was revealed during the commissioning ceremony of the newly refurbished Male Surgical Ward and the Endoscopy and Laproscopy Units of the Eastern Regional Hospital at Koforidua.
At a media briefing, the Director of the Eastern Regional Hospital, Dr. Kwame Anim-Boamah said, since there was inadequate blood supply in the hospital, it was important that 1% of the country’s population donated blood to stock the blood bank to prevent the emerging routine of first donating blood before patients were attended to.

"Most people for their preconvienved ideas are afraid to donate blood. But there is nothing to fear about blood donation, everyone is taken through a screening  process before donation. Anyone who is unqualified to go through the procedure would be advised otherwise, and likewise, blood which was unhealthy would not be transfused, he assured.

Touching on the refurbishment of the male surgical ward and the family planning units, Dr Anim-Boamah said the initiative was important due to the positive impact it would have on service delivery.
He said, the male surgical ward was expanded to ease congestion, and also to accommodate patients who came from far to seek for medical care, adding that, the surgical ward, which hitherto had 22 beds was increased to 34 beds, doctors office and washrooms.
He said, it was necessary as a referral hospital to create a center for laproscopy and endoscopy and provide services to alleviate the suffering patients have to go through, especially during referrals.
He however added that the family planning unit was equipped to undertake sterilization for adults who were willing to undergo treatment.

Even though fincial support was delaying work at the facility, Dr Boamah explained that the hospital would renovate its old laundry block to create an isolation room where patients with special cases would be treated to avoid the spread of disease and infections.
"The hospital is hoping to get a renal dialysis center to assist patients undergo surgery. We are also looking at changing the old beds, and also to get new ones with rails, and if possible, get moveable beds for better care" he stated.
At a glance
The projects were financed with an undisclosed amount of  internally generated fund of the hospital.


Source: WatchGhana.Com/Mary Gyekyewaa Gyekye

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