Professor Kwabena Mante Bosompem, President of Ghana Red Cross Society, has called on citizens to foster the spirit of volunteerism in order to remain close to the community and respond to their needs.
He made the call when Ghana joined the rest of the world on Saturday to celebrate the World Red Cross Day in Accra.
He said Ghana Red Cross was established in 1958 as an arm of government dedicated to the protection of human life and dignity and the alleviation of human suffering.
Since then it had worked in partnership with other actors in humanitarian field as the premier emergency response organization in Ghana.
He noted that the theme for this years World Red Cross Day: “Urbanization and its impact on communities,” is appropriate considering the problems associated with urbanization.
“Over the years, the Ghana Red Cross Society has worked in partnership with other actors in the humanitarian field adding its focus on disaster response, health and community care remains on course.”
Prof. Bosompem said the society is involved in a concerted action to improve road safety and reduce the disabilities and fatalities caused by road accidents by providing education for drivers, pedestrians and other road users in basic first aid as the first line of action in the health delivery process.
According to the President it is the aim of the society to raise awareness about the society, increase membership and sensitise the Ghanaian community to important challenges that limit the ability to deliver on humanitarian expectations in the country.
In response of these expectations the society launched three critical programmes that include innovative membership drive, annual fun games and Banquet to promote the work of the society at local and national level.
He called on the youth to join the society at their various communities so that they can provide humanitarian aid in times of disasters.
Mr. Nicholas Lang, Swiss Ambassador to Ghana, the special guest of honour commended Henri Dunant, founder of the Red Cross movement in his recognition of his immense humanitarian contribution.
He noted that the Ghana Red Cross Society over the years responded to the needs of many communities by giving relief and support to the vulnerable in the society.
He later launched a new website for the Ghana Red Cross Society.