As part of the nationwide blood donation initiative being spearheaded by the National Insurance Commission (NIC) in collaboration with the National Blood Service, SIC Life, has organised a blood donation exercise to help boost the nation’s blood bank.
Speaking to Citi News during the exercise at SIC LIFE Mall at Makola Market in Accra, the Head of Corporate Affairs at SIC LIFE, Albert Bahun-Wilson, explained that the initiative forms part of the company’s corporate social responsibility (CSR) to support the health sector and impact positively on the lives of Ghanaians.
He said the blood contribution will help to ease processes during emergency situations such as accidents at health facilities across the country.
“If we seem to be losing the fight against road crashes, what we have control over is to support accident victims through blood donations,” he said.
“We provide Life Insurance, so investing in health is crucial because good health translates to good business for us as a company,” he added.
The Head of the medical team from the National Blood Service, Sophia Mellis Blankson, lauded SIC LIFE for supporting the initiative and pledged to strengthen partnerships with other corporate organisations to sustain the national blood bank.
She said voluntary blood donations in Ghana account for 36% of the country’s blood, unlike the situation in neighbouring countries like Togo, where volunteers form more than 90% of blood givers.
She encouraged Ghanaians to consider donating blood as a way of helping to save lives, adding that volunteers are thoroughly screened to guarantee their own safety and the safety of the blood.
Other insurance companies that took part in the exercise were Enterprise Insurance, Enterprise Life, Glico General Insurance, Glico Life Insurance, Activa Insurance, and Quality Life Assurance.