The Ministry of Information together with its press pool have donated 68 pints of blood to complement stock at the National Blood Bank.

The exercise which was the second time in a row brought together staff, members of its press pool and other members of the general public to shore up supply at the Blood Bank.

Information Ministry organises 2nd blood donation, health screening exercise

Additionally, about 138 people were screened for BP, malaria, Body Mass Index (BMI) and HIV.

Information Ministry organises 2nd blood donation, health screening exercise

The Deputy Minister for Information, Fatimatu Abubakar in her opening remarks said that the exercise was in response to urgent calls by the Blood Bank to stock up after the COVID-19 and its corresponding restrictions on movement affected mass donation of blood.

Information Ministry organises 2nd blood donation, health screening exercise

“I am impressed that my colleagues in the press pool, in addition to the staff of the Ministry of Information, Information Services Department and other volunteers responded to the call of the National Blood Bank and came in their numbers to participate in stocking the Blood Bank”, she said.

Information Ministry organises 2nd blood donation, health screening exercise

The Deputy Minister was excited about the turn out of event and thanked the media personnel, staff and volunteers who availed themselves to donate blood.

She lauded the Ministry for the initiative and called on other Ministries, Department and Agencies to follow suit.

Information Ministry organises 2nd blood donation, health screening exercise
Information Ministry organises 2nd blood donation, health screening exercise
Information Ministry organises 2nd blood donation, health screening exercise

The Principal Blood Donor Recruitment Officer of the National Blood Service Madam Joyce Oppong Adu, underscored the importance of blood donation to save lives urging the public to participate in subsequent blood donation exercises.

Information Ministry organises 2nd blood donation, health screening exercise

The Head of Communications of Stanbic Bank Ghana, Mr. Kojo Larbi was delighted that his outfit came through to support the exercise to make it a success.

Information Ministry organises 2nd blood donation, health screening exercise

He said the exercise is a laudable one and as such Stanbic Bank is more than happy to partner the Ministry in future exercises of this kind.

Information Ministry organises 2nd blood donation, health screening exercise

For his part, the head of Corporate Affairs at the EXIM Bank Ghana, Mr. Richard Anane Osei, said the success of the exercise showed how much we can achieve as a collective entity if we bring our hands on deck.

Information Ministry organises 2nd blood donation, health screening exercise
Information Ministry organises 2nd blood donation, health screening exercise

He mentioned that the EXIM Bank Ghana would continue to lend a helping hand anytime it is called upon to make sure events like this become successful.

Information Ministry organises 2nd blood donation, health screening exercise

The exercise was supported by Stanbic Bank Ghana, Aryton Drugs, Ghana EXIM Bank, Ocean Spray, FanMilk Limited, Dano Milk, Cocoa Processing Company (Golden Tree), Coca-Cola, Special Ice, Niche Confectionary, Voltic, Frutelli, Tobinco and Kalypo.

Information Ministry organises 2nd blood donation, health screening exercise
Information Ministry organises 2nd blood donation, health screening exercise

It was also supported by media partners; Graphic Communications, Ghanaian Times, Joy FM, Asaase Radio and Citi FM.

Information Ministry organises 2nd blood donation, health screening exercise