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RESPONSE TO JOY NEWS’ DOCUMENTARY – HOW NATIONAL BLOOD SERVICE SYNDICATE ILLEGALLY SELL A PINT OF BLOOD FOR GHS 750

RESPONSE TO JOY NEWS’ DOCUMENTARY – HOW NATIONAL BLOOD SERVICE SYNDICATE ILLEGALLY SELL A PINT OF BLOOD FOR GHS 750

On Wednesday, 16th February 2022, a documentary titled- “expose’ on how National Blood Service syndicate illegally sell a pint of blood for GHS750” was widely broadcast on Joy FM, Joy News, Adom FM, Adom TV, and other social media handles of the Multimedia Group.

The National Blood Service (NBS) commends the Multimedia Group for this expose’which brings to the fore the perennial shortage of blood in hospital blood banks and the associated extortion of patient relatives by some unscrupulous individuals. The NBS condemns in no uncertain terms the extortion of money from patient relatives by the individuals captured in the documentary.

The NBS wish to categorically state that one Eric Mensah, also known as Akwasi, in the said documentary is not a staff or an assign of the Service. It is clear from the documentary that the meeting between the investigative team and the said Eric Mensah took place outside the Blood Bank of Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital and that at no point in the documentary was Eric Mensah seen within the working area of the Blood Bank.

No staff of the NBS was captured in the documentary as part of the alleged syndicate. The NBS does not provide blood directly to patients or their relatives. We distribute the blood collected from voluntary blood donors to Hospital Blood Banks which in turn cross-match and issue the blood to patients for transfusion.

Hospital Blood Banks are not part of the NBS. They are directly supervised by the management of their respective hospitals.

Management of the NBS is collaborating with the Police to arrest the said Eric Mensah and further investigate the reported the alleged illegal sale of blood at the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital Blood Bank.

We urge the public to avoid dealing with such unscrupulous individuals who offer to sell blood to them at any health facility.

We also wish to remind the public that voluntary blood donation is our civic responsibility and we must endeavor to donate blood on regular basis to help prevent the perennial shortage to order to avoid exploitation by unscrupulous persons.

Thank you.

Signed,

Dr. Justina Kordai Ansah.

CEO, National Blood Service.