The National Blood Service of Ghana in collaboration with the Kwaaba Foundation has launched a Blood Donation Tracker app to track all blood donations in Ghana.
The initiative seeks to address the challenge of the lack of real time and consolidated data of stock at blood banks.
The app has accessible features that will enable the National Blood Service (NBS) to track donations from educational institutions, corporate institutions, among others.
The Chief Executive Officer of National Blood Service, Dr Justina Ansah, said the app was exclusively made to strengthen the database of its donations.
According to her, the app would help them analyse their data to know where donations were coming from, who was donating and to improve their service delivery.
“This app ensures that some of the information which was previously collected on paper is now digitised and the process across the regions standardised,” she added.
Dr Ansah said the need for blood continued to be an issue in the country, saying, we had never met our blood requirement which was just 1% (300,000) of the country’s entire population.
“In 2019, we received 180, 000 pints of blood of which only 33% (59, 400) was voluntary and 67% (120, 600) was replacement. Awareness for the need for blood is quite low, and a lot more people would donate if they knew,” she said.
The Minister of Health designate, Kwaku Agyeman-Manu, in a speech said it was important that we put in place proper donor education and information system to ensure that majority of Ghanaians are abreast of blood donation and its related issues.
He urged the National Blood Service to consider strategies including the use of modern and appropriate technology in their operations to maintain that level of confidence and reputation they had built over the years.
The Vice President, Ghana Journalists Association, Linda Asante Agyei, speaking on the role of the media in blood donation, said the app needed to be publicized for the attention of Ghanaians, adding that Journalists had an obligation to help make it work.
The Brand Ambassador of National Blood Service, Founder of Kwaaba Foundation, Maame Kwaaba Stevens, said “We hope that this tracker app will be more than a simple deployment of data collection system, but a strategic support system that promotes the interconnection between policy, practice and technology.”
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