HMC urges public to donate blood

  • 4 months   ago
Hamad Medical Corporation’s Qatar Blood Services has conveyed its thanks and gratitude to the thousands who donate their blood on a regular basis and urged all members of the community to consider doing the same generous contribution.
Internationally celebrated on June 14 each year, the main aim and purpose of the World Blood Donor Day is to raise global awareness of the need for safe blood and blood products for transfusion and of the critical contribution voluntary blood donors.
Chairperson of HMC’s Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology, Dr Einas Al Kuwari stated that blood donors create a vital contribution by keeping the world pulsating by saving lives and ameliorating others’ health condition.
Dr. Al Kuwari said that, “Safe blood and blood products and their transfusion are a critical aspect of care in our healthcare system. They save lives and improve the health and quality of life of many patients every day.”
Dr. Al Kuwari emphasised that “In Qatar blood donors supply essential blood and blood products that are used in life saving procedures, cancer treatment and more. One out of every 10 patients admitted to hospitals may be in urgent need of a transfusion of blood or blood products, and there are many patients whose lives depend on blood and blood products transfusions. One unit of blood donated may benefit at least three patients if used as separate blood components.”
Dr. Al Kuwari said that throughout the epidemic caused due to Covid-19, the committed blood donors continued to donate blood to make sure safe and accessible supplies are available to all and expressed her gratitude towards their selfless act.
“We thank all of our blood donors for their selfless act. As we begin to move towards a return to normal life, it’s more important than ever to ensure we have sufficient blood supplies,” she said. “We need new donors from all backgrounds to ensure there is the right and safe blood available for patients who need it,” she added.
To celebrate World Blood Donor Day 2021, HMC and Qatar Blood Services will be conducting numerous activities in the community including the Blood Donor Center next to Hamad General Hospital will be lit up red each night from 13 to 16 June. In addition to that, a mobile blood donation unit will also be placed at Lulu Al Khor Mall on 18 June from 3pm.