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Second Edition Of National Blood Policy Launched

Second Edition Of National Blood Policy Launched

The Minister of Health, Mr. Kwaku Agyemang – Manu on Monday January 4, 2021 launched the second edition of the National Blood Policy document in Accra.

The second edition of the policy document under the theme: “Safe and Adequate Blood for All” is designed to support the Ghana health system to respond to current national needs and also reflects the incremental changes that have been made in the health sector over the years.

Speaking at the official launch of the policy in Accra, the Minister stated that the vision of the new National Blood Policy is to ensure safe, adequate and sustainable blood supply for a healthy population. He urged all stakeholders including health professionals and the media to collaborate effectively to support the implementation of the policy.

The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the National Blood Service, Dr. Justina K. Ansah noted that since the development of the first edition of the National Blood Policy in 2006, considerable progress has been made towards improving blood safety and availability. She also added that significant improvements in blood donor education and recruitment for voluntary blood donation were recorded over the period.

Dr. Ansah admitted that in spite of the progress made, there remains formidable challenges in the provision of blood services in the country. She was hopeful that the new policy will guide and support the service to increase access to safe, affordable supply of quality blood and blood products in Ghana.