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ATU Supports National Blood Service With Donation Exercise

Accra Technical University (ATU) has organised a voluntary blood donation exercise to create awareness on Hepatitis B. The exercise which came off at the University’s auditorium 19th September, 2019, was in partnership with the Young Professional Youth Coalition (YPYC) and the National Blood Service (NBS).  
The programme is one of the many in the build-up to celebrating the University's 70 years milestone and also to commemorate 10 years of YPYC's existence.
Speaking at the opening ceremony, the acting Pro Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Edmund Ameko, stated unequivocally that one of the responsibilities of ATU as an institution is to give back to society; he said that apart from teaching and learning, and research, academic institutions should also engage the community as part of their corporate social responsibility. He indicated that the blood donation exercise is as part of fulfilling this responsibility.
The acting Dean of the Faculty of Applied Sciences, Dr. Constance Mensah, revealed that the purpose of the exercise is to recognize the gift of life which is made possible through voluntary blood donation.  She indicated that the faculty will make arrangement to make sure the exercise becomes an annual routine by the University.
CEO of YPYC, Hon. Andy Osei used the opportunity to shed some light on his organization and their activities.  He noted that the organization's goal is to raise generational thinkers and transformational leaders to champion the building of a better society  for humanity. He expressed his excitement to be on board with the University to embark on such exercise.  He said that donating blood to save life is the best aspect of giving backto society and entreated all and the student populace to voluntarily donate blood.
Mr. Stephen Danso, a representative of the NSB shared with students some insight regarding blood donation.  He urged students to debunk the misconceptions about donating blood and mentioned that, donating blood comes with a lot of benefits such as inner satisfaction, an opportunity to know your blood group and rejuvenating body cells to make one stronger.  He encouraged students to avail themselves and donate blood to save lives.
Students were sensitised on the prevalence of Hepatitis B in a talk by the University's resident doctor, Dr. Imam Mumuni. He warned students of binge drinking, consumption of herbal concoctions, and tattoos, that may compromise the liver and expose them to Hepatitis B. Dr. Prince Pambo of Health Insight voiced the need to curb the prevalence Hepatitis B on campus and indicated that the student leadership of the school will be engaged to come up with pragmatic measures against Hepatitis B.
The SRC president of the University, Mr. Sarfo Kwesi Kantanka, expressed the council's appreciation for the exercise and encouraged all students to use the opportunity to help humanity by donating blood to save the lives of people in need.
Some blood donors who had already donated as of the time of the ceremony were given souvenirs from sponsors and a certificate of participation which were presented by the Ag. Pro VC and other dignitaries present at the occasion.