More than 20 Japanese volunteers under the Japan International Cooperation Agency, (JICA) programme in Ghana, have participated in a voluntary blood donation exercise in support of the National Blood Service, as part of their charitable service to the nation.
The exercise, which took place at the JICA voluntary Services office DSC07677in Accra, was aimed to address the periodic shortage of blood at the hospital blood banks and to regenerate the spirit of volunteerism among the Ghanaian public.
Some staff of JICA including Wansor Toyomi, Health Administrator also participated in the exercise, which yielded close to 30 units of blood.
Wansor Toyomi, an official at the health section of JICA, said the decision to embark on this blood donation exercise was to help minimize the problem of blood shortage at the hospital blood banks in Ghana, which has become a yearly ritual, whenever schools were on vacation.
Ms. Toyomi was impressed by the spirit of volunteerism exhibited by the Japanese team and expressed the hope that the relationship between the National Blood Service, Ghana and JICA will be sustained. JICA’s collaboration in Ghana is primarily focused on four DSC07672key areas of National Development namely; agriculture, economic infrastructure like electricity and transport, health and science/mathematics education as well as capacity development in administrative and financial management.
Dr. Justina K. Ansah, Director of the National Blood Service, Ghana expressed her gratitude to JICA for the initiative and urged other organizations to support the Blood Service in various ways necessary.