Two more mobile blood bank buses on way

SHARJAH -The UAE Ministry of Health aims to add two more mobile blood bank buses this year to its existing fleet of two, bringing the total to four.

By Hani M. Bathish

Published: Tue 13 Jan 2004, 12:40 PM

Last updated: Thu 2 Apr 2015, 2:23 AM

The efficiency of the mobile blood bank buses in attracting larger numbers of donors across the UAE can be seen by the fact that 15 per cent of all whole blood units collected last year came from the mobile blood banks run by the Department of Blood Transfusion Services at the MoH.

In fact, since 1995, when the first mobile blood bank bus was introduced, to 2003, when the second bus was pressed into service, 595 mobile blood collection campaigns were conducted in coordination with various government departments, schools, universities and private establishments.

Dr Amin Hussein Al Amiri, Director of the Department of Blood Transfusion Services, pointed out that 25,327 units of whole have been collected through the use of the mobile blood bank buses, adding that in addition to the two specially modified and fitted buses, his department has 14 blood banks where donors can come to give blood at the department's headquarters in Abu Dhabi, its headquarters in Sharjah, and 12 other branches at local hospitals.

In 2003 alone, 183 blood donation campaigns were carried out using the two mobile blood banks which alone managed to collect 5,750 whole blood units out of 40,000 collected by all 14 blood banks. In fact, studies point out that 128 government and private establishments in the UAE are working on holding regular blood donation campaigns for their staff every three to six months.

Mr Al Amiri said that the UAE aims by 2005 to collect 40 per cent of donated blood through mobile blood banks.

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