SIC Life has joined the National Insurance Commission (NIC) and the National Blood Service in organizing a blood donation exercise as part of efforts to re-stock the national blood bank.
The well-attended event which took place at the SIC Life Mall, Makola on Thursday 2nd September 2021 saw staff and the general public troop in their numbers to donate blood which they believe will go a long way to save lives.
Speaking with the media, the Head of Corporate Services at SIC Life, Mr. Albert Bahun-Wilson stressed the importance of this exercise most especially for accident victims, pregnant women who might have suffered complications during these COVID times. He also noted that this forms part of the Company’s Corporate Social Responsibility and believes will benefit staff, customers, and by extension families of staff and customers.
‘SIC Life being a Life Insurance company means that when people are healthy, we are also healthy; so we’ve also taken it upon ourselves to hold this exercise to augment what is at the National Blood Bank. It forms part of our Corporate Social Responsibility and we solidly believe in it. Accidents in these times of COVID, pregnant women, and others do need blood and so we have decided to help such people through this exercise. The voluntary exercise is also being replicated in all our branch offices nationwide,’ Mr. Bahun-Wilson noted.
He further added that SIC Life has future plans of holding a blood donation exercise annually.
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 neighboring 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.