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NHIA organizes blood donation exercise in Tamale

The National Health Insurance Authority (NHIA) in collaboration with the Old Students of the Vitting Senior High School (VOSA) in the Northern Region, has organized a blood donation exercise in Tamale to stock the blood bank of the Tamale Teaching Hospital (TTH). 

The exercise formed part of the activities to commemorate the 20 years anniversary of the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS).

The event which was largely patronized by NHIS staff, students of the vitting senior high school and the general public was very successful and had high profile personalities in attendance.

Addressing the media, the director for private health insurance scheme (PHIS) at the NHIA head office and the member of the 20-years anniversary committee, Alhaji Hudu Issah, who monitored the exercise, commended the staff of the NHIS in the Northern Region, students of vitting senior high school and the general public for coming out in their numbers to participate in the exercise. 

“The turnout shows that we really care about each other”.

He indicated that the exercise was drive by the NHIS commitment of improving the health care delivering in the country. 

“Our blood banks in most cases are lacking enough blood to save lives of the people of Ghana so it is the aim of the national health insurance authority once we are operating within the same space; that is, providing health to the residents of Ghana, it is our intension to organize ourselves, donate blood to the blood banks just as when any one of us is in need of the essential commodity like blood, the person will not be denied the opportunity to get blood”. 

On his part, the Northern Regional Director of the National Health Insurance Authority Mr Issahaku Abdul Latif, while highlighting the successes of the national health insurance also called on the media in the region to continue collaborating with the management of the NHIS to promote its activities. 

Meanwhile, some of the blood donors has expressed what motivated them to donate blood to save lives.

Ms. Amira Nantogmah, who is a first-time donor, said her motivation to donate blood stemmed from an unfortunate blood emergency which resulted in the death of her brother. 

She said she will continue to donate blood to support people who may need it at the health facilities. 

Abubakari Abdul Fatawu, explained that, “ I just feel like supporting the needy at the hospital. He thus encouraged the general public not to be scared of donating, but endeavor to help save lives”. 

A senior blood donor organizer at the Tamale Teaching Hospital, Mr Iddi Fuseini, commended the leadership of NHIS for coming out with such initiative to save lives. 
Story By: Alhassan Yakubu |www.diamonds online.com |Ghana.

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