Blood donation campaigns begin in Dubai mosques

DUBAI -- Dr. Amin Al Amiri, Executive Director for Medical Practices at the UAE Ministry of Health and Chairman of Blood Transfusion Committee, has lauded the blood donation campaign in mosques during taraweeh prayers.

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Published: Tue 24 Aug 2010, 6:31 PM

Last updated: Mon 6 Apr 2015, 9:19 AM

The campaign is organized by the Blood Transfusion Centre and Research in Sharjah in cooperation with Islamic Affairs and Charitable Activities Department in Dubai.

He also thanked the preachers of the mosques for announcing the campaigns during taraweeh prayers to assure the participation and solidarity between all parties in this regard and the efforts of the Islamic Affairs and Charitable Activities Department in Dubai in Nad Al Qusais, Al Rashidyia and Al Karama mosques.

Dr. Al Amiri said: “The blood units stocks in the blood transfusion centres in the UAE are at least between 1000 to 1200 blood units supported to public and private hospitals while other quantities are compensated through blood donation campaigns. The UAE is the first Arab country to have a strategic blood stocks exceeding 3000 units to support emergency cases through the blood transfusion centre and research in Sharjah”.

He explained that there was an increase in the number of donors with an estimated figure of 12% whereas the actual requirements are between 10-11% which means a surplus and self sufficiency. Since 1985, the UAE stopped importing blood from abroad and depended on donating blood donors within the UAE.

“According to the 2009 statistics, 80.000 blood units have been withdrawn from 83 nationalities. UAE citizens occupy top donors for 16 years and this assures the growing awareness of blood donation. The ages of blood donators range between 23-30 years, 18-23 years old and 31-40 years”, he ended.

Furthermore, Dr. Hamad Bin Al Sheikh Al Shaibani, Director General of the Islamic Affairs and Charity Works in Dubai assured the support of the department to the programs and plans of the Blood Transfusion Centre and Research in Sharjah in increasing the blood donation campaigns after taraweeh prayers during the holy month of Ramadan for the purpose of increasing donators and societal participation as well as the role of preachers who encourage fasting prayers to donate blood.

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