Ahmadis Donate Blood
A total of 1,111 units of blood were donated by volunteers at this year’s Jasla Convention, organised by the Ahmadiyya Muslim Mission Ghana in collaboration with the National Blood Service at Gomoa Pomadze in the Central Region.
The exercise was in response to the National Blood Service’s persistent plea for blood, especially during the holidays.
The annual convention of the Ahmadis, which is held to, among other things, examine many pertinent issues in society, including religion and development, brought together over ten thousand Ahmadis from across Ghana.
This is the second time the convention has added blood donation to its programme of activities and the response has been encouraging. Last year, 400 people donated blood during the convention.
According to the National Blood Service, Ghana is yet to achieve her annual blood requirement need of 270,000 units from 1% of the donor population. In 2016, for instance, only 60,000 units of blood was collected from voluntary unpaid donors out of a needed 270,000 units.
The call for constant voluntary blood donation, therefore, has become necessary because every day, children and mothers in childbirth die as a result of acute blood loss. Cancer patients, accident victims, and other patients, need blood transfusion to survive and most unfortunately, many surgeries have had to be postponed due to lack of blood.
Speaking at the 86th Jasla Convention, the Ameer and Missionary-In-Charge of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Mission, Ghana – Alhaji Maulvi Mohammed Bin Salih – challenged members to hold the national record of being the highest donors as has been done in Burkina Faso by the Ahmadiyya Jamaat.
Chairperson of the Protocol Committee for the Convention, Alhaji Quainoo, remarked: “We, the Ahmadis, see blood donation as a form of worship”. He encouraged other members in society to donate blood regularly to save lives.
Dr Fareeda Adusei Wilson, Chairperson of the Health Committee for the Convention, also commented: “What Allah likes best is feeding hungry persons in want or relieving a person of his afflictions. Following this teaching makes us ever-prepared to help anyone in need including donating blood to save lives.”