EYEAFRICA TV: Serekunda, THE GAMBIA:- As health centres continue to cry of insufficient blood supply, the Gambia Armed Forces mobilized over 200 troops to various facilities to donate blood in observance of the World Blood Donor Day.
The day is set aside by the World Health Organisation to raise global awareness of the need for safe blood and of the critical contribution of donors.
While the opening ceremony was observed at the Kanifing General Hospital with more than 200 soldiers as donors, similar exercises were held in other facilities including the EFSTH in Banjul, Bwiam in the West Coast, Frarafenni in North Bank and Basse in the Upper River Regions.
Speaking ahead of the blood donation drive on Monday morning, Deputy Chief of Defence Staff of the Gambia Armed Forces, Major General Mamat O Cham considered the blood donation as a norm to the army.
“As part of this years activities marking the day, the Gambia Armed Forces is joining the rest of the world to commemorate the day by donating blood to all government facilities across the country,” he said.
According to him, the patriotic and humanitarian gesture is aimed at “complementing the efforts of the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare in ensuring adequate supply of blood to Gambians particular during this years of COVID-19 pandemic.”
The Chief Executive Officer of the Kanifing General Hospital, Kebba Manneh emphasised the importance of blood donation in saving the lives of millions of patients across the globe.
He thanked the Gambia Armed Forces for the regular and punctual respond to the needs of health facilities in the country.
“Safe blood and blood products and their safe transfusion, forms an integral part of public healthcare service delivery as they save milions of lives and improve the health and quality of life of many patients daily around the world.”
He said while the need for blood and blood products is universal, access to safe blood and blood products for all those needing it is not.
World Blood Donor Day is celebrated each year on June 14 to pay tribute to all unpaid voluntary donors for their gift while raising people’s awareness on the importance of regular donations in order to secure high-quality blood and blood components for use in the healthcare system.