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Cameroon Celebrates Blood Donors’ Day Amidst Dry Blood Bank 

By Fanny MbainDisable

Cameroonians, June 14 joined the international community to celebrate the 2016 edition of Blood Donors’ Day, amidst reports of dry blood banks in hospitals across the country.
This year’s celebration was hinged on the theme;“Blood Connects Us All” and had as slogan “Your Blood Saved my Life, Share Life, Give Blood.”

Speaking during the celebration at the Baptist Hospital in Muntengene, Sunde Enoh Oru, a physically challenged person, said he has donated blood more than 72 times.
According to him, “each time I donate blood and a life is saved, I feel fulfilled. I have donated blood more than 72 times.”

To Oru, this year’s slogan dubbed“Your Blood Saved my Life, Share Life, Give Blood,”summarises the reasons why he has chosen to be a blood donor.
The Blood Donors’Day celebration in the Southwest Region witnessed the inauguration of a branch of the National Voluntary Blood Donors Oraganisation, NVBDO, in Mutengene.

The General Coordinator of NVBDO, Samuel Ukwandum Njeazeh, said blood is a precious liquid that transport all life components in the body and needs to be honoured.
He enumerated the contribution of NVBDO such as encouraging voluntary donors, awarding certificates to donors who have donated blood more than six times, educating and sensitising the population on the advantages of donating blood among others.

He also listed a number of shortcomings the organisation is facing like; lack of funds and stationaries, lack of reagents during blood drives, no motivation for donors and no transportation means to ferry donors and facilitators.

Southwest Regional Delegate of Public Health, Dr. Victor Mbome Njie, while presiding over the occasion said blood donors should be recognised in our society. “Our blood donors should be placed at the top in our society”.

He encouraged donors not to relent their efforts or feel discouraged in donating blood, “because no amount of money can give you the satisfaction you get when you save a life.”
Some 72 donors, who have donated blood more than six times, were awarded certificates of excellence. According to Peter Lise Chah a blood donor, donating blood to him is not a problem because with his blood, a life is saved.

“I am ready to continue donating blood, the first time I was called to donate was many years back and that blood saved a dying baby,” Chah said.