The need for blood in health facilities for transfusion in order to save lives is one major challenge most patients of various ailments grapple with on daily basis.

The situation is not very different in the Oti Region from what happens at the national level.

The very recent need for blood which triggered the call for residents to consider voluntary blood donation was when a woman delivered twins and needed blood transfusion.

The only place hospital officials could get the needed blood type O- for transfusion was at the St Joseph Catholic hospital at Nkwanta in the Nkwanta South Municipality, three hours’ drive away.

The Doctor managing affairs at the Worawora government hospital, Joseph Mawunyo Apeadido says the blood bank at the supposed regional facility is running out.

“Currently at the Worawora government hospital, our blood bank has inadequate stock. Sometimes, we have just two or three pints of blood left in stock depending on what type of blood is available. Our stock is woefully inadequate,” he said.

 Doctor Apeadido also added that getting blood for transfusion from sister facilities in the region is becoming difficult.

This is even contingent on the blood type needed for transfusion coupled with the bad road network in the region.

“In emergency situations, you don’t get the right people to donate blood to save lives. We sometimes have to call on sister facilities most of which are far away and they would tell you they do not have. Sometimes we would have to refer cases but we would have to stabilize the condition of patients because some of them are critical and we end up losing some of our patients.”

His comments came in the wake of shortage of blood in the blood bank at the facility, especially the uncommon blood types at the Worawora government hospital.

Residents in Tapa-Amanfrom in the Biakoye district of the Oti region hearing about the plight of the hospital organised blood donation exercise to help stock the blood bank at the facility.

According to Hope Network, a group of youth residents in the urban areas of the country trying to bring development to the Volta River Authority resettlement community stated that the nearest health facility closest to their community is the Worawora government hospital hence the need to support it.

The Secretary to the group, Louis Asiedu said the development of the area cannot be left on the shoulders of government and the elders of the community.

“We have seen that a lot of things are not going well with us as a people. But we cannot leave this burden on Nananom alone. So we are here to support the Worawora government hospital which is the biggest hospital within our district to donate blood to help the government hospital because that is where when our people are sick, they go.”   

Anaesthetic at the Worawora government hospital, Fortune Atakpa who has donated blood for the 44th times called on residents in the area to disregard any misconceptions about blood donation and consider doing same as he has done to save lives.

“I am using this opportunity to talk to the youth especially to take it up. There are so many advantages. One important thing is that as a voluntary blood donor, one any relative of yours needs blood anywhere in the country, they get it free of charge because you have donated to save lives,” he stated.

the Nifahemaa of Worawora traditional area, Nana Ama Pokuwaa Ampomaa also called on residents in the area to support efforts at restocking the blood bank.

Joy news sources say Zipline is also making efforts to establish its facility in the Oti region. This would help in timely delivery of blood for transfusion in the future.