Health ministry intensifies blood donation campaign

SHARJAH - In response to the ever growing need for whole blood units by hospitals around the country which tackle medical emergencies on a daily basis, most of which are car accidents, the Department of Blood Transfusion Services at the UAE Ministry of Health has intensified its blood collection efforts through its two mobile blood banks and central blood banks in Abu Dhabi and Sharjah during the Eid Al Adha period.

By Hani M Bathish

Published: Sat 31 Jan 2004, 12:23 PM

Last updated: Thu 2 Apr 2015, 2:32 AM

Dr Amin bin Hussein Al Amiri, Director of Blood Transfusion Services at the MoH, said that health care workers and medical practitioners are working continuous 12-hour shifts at the department to make sure hospitals are supplied with whole blood and blood products when needed.

"There is no doubt emergency cases involve special circumstance and are to be given top priority, for that reason blood banks at hospitals always make their preparations before long breaks or holidays such as Eid Al Adha by storing large quantities of whole blood of all types.

"Our blood collection campaigns have been intensified, evening campaigns for blood collection have been organised at some mosques in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday and Thursday, where we collected over 100 units of whole blood, in addition to intensified blood donation drives in the Northern Emirates," Dr Al Amiri said.

He said that 37 units of whole blood were collected at Gulf Medical Hospital in Ajman on Wednesday. In cooperation with Sharjah Municipality and Sharjah Traffic Department, a mobile blood bank unit was stationed along Bank Street close to the main commercial district, which people flock to on Eid days.

"The first blood drive in Sharjah was held on Thursday night and it met with great success as people flocked to the specially equipped van to donate their blood. We collected 50 units of whole blood on the night and we expect Friday night to be equally successful," Dr Al Amiri said.

Each mobile blood bank unit is equipped with four beds where donors can lie down and give their blood. It takes between five to eight minutes to collect one unit of blood from each donor.

Dr Al Amiri said that more blood donations were made possible through coordination with some Arab and non-Arab expatriate communities, whose members flocked to both the Abu Dhabi and Sharjah central blood banks to give their blood.

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