To Ghana, from Wales!

The Welsh Blood Service (WBS) donated a blood collection vehicle to The National Blood Transfusion Services of Ghana (NBSG) on May 20th 2014.

Over the years, the blood collection vehicle has visited many locations and has collected 1000’s of units of blood from donors in Wales.

Dr Stephen Field, Medical Director at the WBS commented

“I am delighted that the Welsh Blood Service is in a position to donate a blood mobile trailer to the National Blood Service Ghana. I was privileged to visit Accra in 2011 and witness the work of the National Blood Service recruiting voluntary non remunerated donors to meet the needs of Ghanaian patients. I am sure that the blood mobile will add allow extra versatility to this blood collection programme.”

Justina Ansah, Director of the National Blood Service Ghana added

“Easy accessibility to blood donation sites offers an opportunity for eligible prospective donors of the general public to translate public awareness into practice. The donation of the blood mobile trailer therefore will help immensely with the public’s response to voluntary blood donation, especially as Ghana is restructuring and modernizing and at the same time grappling with attaining 100% voluntary donation. The blood mobile will definitely add extra versatility to the blood collection programme.

On behalf of the Ministry of Health Ghana, the NBSG and recipients of blood and blood components in Ghana I extend our sincerest appreciation for the kind donation from WBS.”

Staff at the Welsh Blood Service in Talbot Green gave a fond farewell to the old vehicle as it headed on its journey to Ghana to help save even more lives.