The Takoradi Ghana Stake President of the Church, Bishop Justice Oduro Mensah, told the Ghana News Agency in Takoradi that the donation formed part of the church’s humanitarian service to save lives.
He said the church had designated July 1 and the first Saturday in December every year to donate blood to the Blood Bank of the Effia-Nkwanta Regional Hospital.
He noted that Jesus Christ, whom they believe in, sacrificed to bring salvation to mankind; therefore they were using His principles and teachings as a yard stick to support others who are in need of blood to survive.
Bishop Mensah said the Church often joined other faith-based organisations in Ghana and other parts of the world to address humanitarian needs including provision of boreholes, donation of medical equipment and offering training to health institutions as well as supporting measles inoculation and cleft operations as their contribution to the society.
Mr Emil Anoruu, the Principal Blood Donor Organiser of the Effia-Nkwanta Regional Hospital, commended the church for supporting the hospital over the years and said this year’s donation would amount to a minimum of 100 pints of blood.
He said donating blood was good for the body because it enabled the marrow to produce fresh blood to replenish the system and prevent frequent sickness.
Mr Anoruu said it was advisable to donate blood every four months since that would improve the condition of the body and make one fit always.
He, however, said persons with hypertension, ulcer, sickle cell condition, diabetic and other serious medical conditions were not allowed to donate blood.
He said health professionals examined the medical history of prospective blood donors before allowing them to donate.