Change negative perception: Blood donation saves lives – Methodist Bishop

Change negative perception: Blood donation saves lives – Methodist Bishop

Rt Rev Samuel Ofori-Akyea Tema Bishop for the Tema Diocese

 Usually when the sub­ject of voluntary blood donation comes up, some people are not enthused about it because of some mis­conceptions they may have.

This, over the years, has made it challenging for indi­viduals or groups who are pas­sionate about blood donation to help save lives.

At the 26th annual synod of the Methodist Church of Ghana of the Tema Diocese held at the Immanuel Method­ist Society, Tema, the Dioc­esan Bishop, Rt Rev Samuel Ofori-Akyea called on the public to be receptive to the drive for blood donation and officials engaged in it.

“Don’t frown at them” he told the congregation because in his opinion it is a worthy cause.

The Diocesan Bishop said donating blood helped to save live which could be that of the donor’s children, parents or even the donor himself subsequently when he or she is also in need.

He said health personnel and volunteers of teams who help to donate blood must be appreciated and accepted because their service was im­portant to humanity so they should be commended and not given cold reception.

Rt Rev Ofori-Akyea encour­aged the church members and the public at large who qual­ify to give blood to always avail themselves when the opportunity presents itself because the blood helps to stock various blood banks for the use of church members and the public at large.

Speaking on the theme: “discipleship; living the transformed life in Jesus” with focus on revival, trans­formation and growth of the church on the sidelines with the media, he called on the public to be selfless in their service to humanity and live good Christian lives worthy of emulation.

A member of the Tema Diocese Blood Donation Team Anthony Sam Anoom said the Diocese had been engaged in the drive for volunteers to donate blood for the past 10 years.

He said the exercise had helped many church mem­bers and their families during emergencies and times of distress.

He said plans were in place to get as many churches as possible under the Diocese to contribute in getting as much blood as possible for the Tema General Hospital which was usually the first port of call for their members as well as the Greater Accra Regional Hospital and the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital.

 From Dzifa Tetteh Tay, Tema

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