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MTN Organizes blood donation exercise to give back to customers in Kumasi

MTN has organized blood donation exercises in the Ashanti regional capital to assist the stocking of the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital Blood bank.

The exercise which took place concurrently at the Opoku Ware And St. Louis Senior High Schools is expected to get 3500 pints of blood for the KATH blood bank.

Many students enthusiastically lined up to donate their blood to help save lives, on a day which is marked around the world as a day of love.

“I want to be the valentine of anybody who needs blood in this month that’s why am joining the donation today.” One student, Mark Asiama, a form two student of OWASS told this reporter.

The General Manager, Northern Sector Business District, Nii Adotey Mingle said it is MTN’s way of showing love to people who would need blood at the hospital for any reason.

He recounted that MTN has been doing this for the past nine years, showing love in a special way on Valentine’s day.

Nii Mingle noted that with one of the main pillars of the MTN foundation being Health, one of the most important ways to show love to a patient is donating your blood ‘which is means giving life to our neighbors’.

According to him, Ghana has an annual blood deficit of about 40 percent hence urged all Ghanaians to regularly donate to help save lives.

MTN has since 2012 received loads of awards recognizing their contribution towards saving precious lives in the country.

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The Head of Medicine Transfusion Unit at KATH, Dr. Shirley Owusu Ofori thanked MTN for their commitment to saving lives through sharing blood regularly.

She urged other corporate organizations to pick special days of the year to support blood donations.

“A country without donors is a country whose health is at risk”, she emphasized.

She said there would not be the need for blood if, for a country like Ghana, 270,000 to 400,000 blood donors, encouraging as many people as possible to donate.

“Unfortunately we are not there, and the increasing demand for blood for surgeries and emergencies is also there hence would always plead for people to donate voluntarily”. She insisted. From left, Nii Adotey Mingle, Dr. Shirley Owusu Ofori and some of the students of OWASS. Ashanti Region tops NHIS Mobile Renewal Authentication after role put in Dec 2018
From James Appiakorang Jnr., Ksi

Ashanti region of Ghana has topped the list of Mobile Renewal Authentication which was rolled out by the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) in December 2018.

The region responded very positively to the roll out by the NHIS much to the admiration of authorities.

The Deputy Chief Executive Officer in Charge of Operations of NHIS, Dr. Lydia Dsane-Selby who disclosed this commended officers as well as clients in the region for what she called a great inspiration.

Speaking at the recently held NHIS Stakeholders’ Engagement, Dr. Dsane-Selby announced that 451,845 people used the newly created Mobile Renewal Authentication from the Ashanti region.

This, she explained meant that many of their clients in the region are interested in renewing their NHIS cards through the use of Mobile phones which to her, showed a reduction of the long queues usually seen at their District offices.

The newly introduced system works efficiently with mobile money banking platform that allows clients to make appropriate payments to renew their membership.

This initiative according to Dr. Dsane-Selby is the beginning of a total digitalization of the system for enrolling new members unto the NHIS, urging healthcare providers to take advantage of the current NHIS E-claims software to speed up processing of claims.

Plans are underway she announced, for the NHIA to institute a fully electronic claims system to enable swift claims submission, processing and payments. “This system will ensure efficiency in NHIA claims administration leading to a more sustainable National Health Insurance Scheme”. She stressed.

One particular characteristic About NHIS district offices before the introduction of the Mobile Renewal Authentication was the long and winding queues always seen there.

There have been several instances of people having to go home after queuing for several hours and to return the next day because the office had to close for the day.

This became a major source of worry not only for the clients but officers as well since they mostly overworked themselves due to the huge presence of clients awaiting service.

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