Over 75,000 registered blood donors in the country

DUBAI - International Blood Donors Day was marked by the UAE Ministry of Health on Monday.

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Published: Wed 16 Jun 2004, 11:57 AM

Last updated: Thu 2 Apr 2015, 1:57 PM

A Press statement issued by the MoH expressed thanks and appreciation to the over 75,000 registered blood donors in the UAE who each year voluntarily donate blood so that others may live.

Hassan Alkeem, Under-Secretary of the MoH, said that all that has been achieved by the Blood Transfusion Services Department would have come to naught without the personal and continuing support of voluntary blood donors who support blood collection campaigns throughout the country.

He said that as of the end of 2003, the total blood units collected for that year were in excess of 40,000 units of whole blood and 14,000 units of blood plasma. He said that out of all blood units collected at least 98 per cent are broken down into their constituent blood products, including concentrated red blood cells and plasma to be used in various surgical procedures.

"There are millions of people around the world who owe their lives to God and to the generosity of voluntary blood donors, anonymous kind-hearted individuals, people who give blood out of a humanitarian impulse without asking anything in return."

"The goal of marking International Blood Donors Day is to spread awareness of the importance of donating blood and encourage more people to voluntarily donate blood on a regular basis evry three to six months," Mr Alkeem said.

Dr Amin Hussein Al Amiri, Director of the Blood Transfusion Services Department, stressed that the voluntary donation of blood is the safest source of blood for transfusions during surgical operations, as the transmission of blood-born viruses from such regular donors is unlikely.

He said that June 14 of each year is celebrated worldwide as International Blood Donors Day since it is the birth date of Nobel Laureate, Dr Carl Steiner, the discoverer of the A, B and O blood groups.

The Blood Transfusion Services Department recently organised a successful blood donation campaign in cooperation with the Cargo Village in Dubai.

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