Ahmadis donate 1111 pints of Blood at 86th Jasla Convention

In response to the National Blood Service’s incessant plea for blood especially during the holidays, The Ahmadiyya Muslim Mission Ghana in collaboration with the National Blood Service Ghana, Kaysens Group of Companies and MultiPro Private Ltd (Indomie) successfully organized a Blood Drive January 4th – 6th 2018. This exercise yielded an impressive one thousand one hundred and eleven (1111) pints of blood at the just ended Jasla Convention in Gomoa Pomadze in the Central Region.

Last year was the first of its kind with about 400 pints of blood. This year, health professionals from the National Blood Service in Korle-Bu, Ridge Hospital, Cape Coast Teaching Hospital, Winneba Trauma Center, Twifo Praso Government Hospital and Ajumako Government Hospital were present to assist in the blood collection. MultiPro ably supported by cooking enough Indomie meals to feed at least 10,000 people. The event was organized by the Kaysens Group who provided enormous help and assistance in the form of logistics, sponsorship and staff volunteers just like they did last year.

A lot of first timers were initially nervous about donating but were pleasantly surprised at how seamless the exercise was. Razak Mustafa, the first person to donate last year couldn’t resist another opportunity to save more lives by being the first to donate this year as well.

The Ameer and Missionary-In-Charge of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Mission, Ghana – Alhaji Maulvi Mohammed Bin Salih – challenged members to hold the national record of the highest donors as has been done in Burkina Faso by the Ahmadiyya Jamaat.

Alhaji Quainoo, Chairperson of the Protocol Committee for the Convention remarked “We, the Ahmadiyaa, see Blood Donation as a form of worship.” Dr Fareeda Adusei Wilson, Chairperson of the Health Committee for the Convention also commented that, “What Allah likes best is feeding a hungry person in want or relieving a person of his afflictions. Following this teaching makes us ever prepared to help anyone in need including donating blood to the sick.”

Maame Kwaaba Stephens, Brand Ambassador for the National Blood Service Ghana and also an Executive of the Kaysens Group, was excited about the vital role that the Ahmadis were playing in the Blood Service.  She encouraged other groups and organizations to follow suit because the need for blood is inevitable.

About Blood Donation

Ghana is in dire need of blood.  The country is still making frantic efforts to meet her blood requirement, which is just 1% of 270,000 of the Ghanaian population. In 2016, only 60,000 units of blood was received from voluntary unpaid donors out of a needed 270,000 units.

 

It is estimated that every day, more children and mothers in childbirth die as a result of acute blood loss. Cancer patients, accident victims, and other patients, need blood transfusion to survive. Surgeries have had to be postponed due to lack of blood. By giving others the Gift of Life (blood), you make an impact in a life of the unknown individual.  Donate blood and save a life.