NBSG 2015 Annual Performance Review meeting ends.

The National Blood Service, Ghana Annual Performance Review Meeting for 2015 has been held with a call on government to expedite action on the passage of the NBSG Bill, currently before parliament, to enable the Service streamline the activities of blood and blood products in the country.

The absence of the bill has resulted in lack of coordination of blood service activities in Ghana over the years and has also resulted in delaying the implementation of the NBSG policy, which was adopted in the year 2006.

The 2-days event was on the theme: “Sustained Voluntary Unpaid Blood Donation – Essential Interventions for Safe Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn and Child Health”.

It was attend by partners and stakeholders within the health across the country. Institutions such as the Ghana AIDS Commission, Mental Health Authority, Ghana Health Service among others, gave solidarity and fraternal messages.

The three (3) Area Centre heads of the Service, namely, the Southern Area, Central Area and the Northern Area Blood Centres made various presentations, which captured challenges and the way forward for the year under review.

Ag. Head of the National Blood Service, Ghana, Dr. Lucy Asamoah-Akuoko in an overview of 2015 performance of the Service indicated that a number of targets could not be achieved in the year under review due to inadequate funding from government of Ghana.

“We set very ambitious targets in 2015, because we thought we had improved facilities to so. However lack of budgetary support from GOG, absence of a legislation to regulate operations among other factors did not help us achieve the targets.

Issues of transport, inadequate staff, and non-availability of reagents as well as lack of proper coordination of activities were the major concerns raised by heads of both Central and Northern Area Centres, as challenges impeding their operations.

The Deputy Minister of Health Dr. Victor Bampoe who chaired the 2015 NBSG Annual Performance Review Meeting said government will do all it could to support the National Blood Service to work for the benefit of all Ghanaians.