Students at Unity Hall popularly known as CONTI at Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) have joined the campaign to save lives at the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH) with health screening and blood donation exercise.
The event was organized to improve blood stock at Ghana’s second largest health referral facility, and on hand to provide technical and health support was a team of medical personnel from the Hospital’s Blood Transfusion Unit.
A team from Youth Action Movement, a subsidiary group under Planned Parenthood Association of Ghana (PPAG) was also present at the programme to educate students on their sexual life as they distributed condoms free of charge to them.
President of the Hall, Mr. Edmund Nobou, in an interview with EssienLive.com stated that the exercise forms part of activities to commemorate the Hall’s 50th anniversary, an activity dedicated to addressing health challenges in the society.
He indicated that their decision to come to the aid of the Hospital was necessitated by the large volume of blood required by the facility to enhance healthcare delivery.
Records indicate that the Unit requires approximately 150 units of blood daily in order to function properly.
Mr. Edmund entreated other student bodies to strive to make voluntary blood donation a regular feature in their activities to help reduce to the barest minimum deaths borne out of the shortage of blood, especially in times of emergency.
Unity Hall being the largest hall in west Africa, he said, is focused on being recognized in terms of coming up with activities that support humanity and changing society for the better.
Donor organizer of KATH Blood Transfusion Unit Mr. Afanu Emmanuel, disclosed that larger percentage of blood donated to the facility was from students for that matter the unit partners effectively with school authorities to assist in stocking the blood bank for the benefit of the people.
He advised the public to do away with some misconception about blood donation as being painful among other myth.
Volunteer with Youth Action Movement, the group that distributed free condoms to students, Anthony Kwabena Sarfo advised the Youth to abstain from unprotected sex.
According to him, condoms are highly effective in preventing the transmission of HIV and effective in preventing pregnancy and other sexually transmitted infections (STIs).
”We are propagating that everyone should be faithful to a faithful partner so that faithfulness will come from both end. If that option doesn’t work, we suggest to every sexually active individual to go in for contraceptive, basically condoms in a way to protect the young ones from HIV, STIs and other sexual related infections”, he advised.
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Unity Hall executives and residents led by Dr. Emmanuel Gikunoo, the Hall Master embarked on donation exercise earlier this year to the Kumasi Central Prisons and the Kumasi Children’s Home.
Their visit to those places form part of a series of programmes that have been lined-up by the hall to mark the 50th Anniversary.