Efforts at stocking blood banks in the country have received a boost with Duraplast extending a hand of support to Zipline to promote blood donation in the country.
As part of the support, Duraplast has also presented a number of CD wash stations, and other company souvenirs and products to be given to donors during blood donation exercises.
Presenting the items, the Human Resource manager of Duraplast, Mr Alfred Farfo, said they were motivated by the vision of their company of giving back to society.
He said: “Zipline is doing very well in their efforts at ensuring that there is adequate blood at all times to save lives. This is a worthy initiative of support and we are happy to be part. Zipline alone cannot do it as more blood is required on daily basis at the various health facilities. The items we have donated will not only be given to donors but also be used to store blood commodities under regulated temperatures at all times”.
Receiving the items on behalf of Zipline, Ms Mabel Sekyere, the Community Lead at the Sefwi Wiawso distribution centre, expressed her appreciation to Duraplast for responding to their call for support.
Ms Sekyere said: “Blood drives have become a regular calendar event for us at Zipline. Even though this is not a core mandate of our operations, we do it as part of our contribution to ensure that the National and Regional blood banks always have sufficient blood, part of which we deliver to our partner health facilities via our drones,”
“Worldwide, blood donations have declined because of COVID-19 and its associated social distancing. Lives must still be saved and that is why we appreciate supports such as we have received from Duraplast, which we believe could serve as some incentives to those who join our blood drives”.
The world’s first and only national scale drone delivery service, Zipline has been undertaking blood drives within their operational communities as part of their Corporate Social Responsibility.
The Operations Lead for Zipline, Sefwi Wiawso Center, Mr Dennis Agamah believes efforts such as the blood drive is what defines them as truly saving lives within their operational areas.
“Blood products are part of the over 100 medical commodities we deliver from this centre on a daily basis. In order to ensure that we continue to meet the demands of the health facilities we serve, we commit to going the extra mile to ensure that all products are available at all times. This is one of the reasons we do these regular blood drives,” Mr Agamah said.
The partners also encouraged the public to continue to donate to the national blood bank.