World Blood Donor Day: Ministry ensures safety as blood donation continues in UAE
The ministry acknowledges the generosity of citizens and residents who have been giving their blood to save others.
As people continue to save lives by donating blood amid the pandemic, the Ministry of Health and Prevention (Mohap) assures the UAE's donors that stringent safety measures are in place at its centres to fight Covid-19.
Marking World Blood Donor Day on Sunday, June 14, the ministry acknowledges the generosity of citizens and residents who have been giving their blood to save others.
Blood donation services remain available at the Sharjah Blood Transfusion and Research Centre, in addition to eight sub-centres at the ministry's hospitals and three mobile blood donation vehicles which organise over 500 external campaigns every year, Mohap said on Saturday.
Dr Hussein Abdel Rahman Al Rand, undersecretary of the ministry's Health Assistant Sector, Health Centers and Clinics, said: "The UAE joins the world in celebrating this occasion to pay tribute to blood donors in recognition of their great humanitarian work. At Mohap, we strive to develop work mechanisms and identify the needs of blood transfusion centres and blood banks, especially in light of Covid-19 pandemic and in response to the WHO's new action plan 2020-2024 aimed at providing safe blood at a faster rate by following new and innovating work mechanisms."
The ministry said all necessary actions were taken not only to curb the spread of the virus, but also to raise the competence of experts in its blood banks and bolster safety programmes in the donation process.
The UAE has established itself as one of the world's leading countries in blood transfusion safety, earning accreditation certificates from the American Blood Banks Association and the International Health Accreditation Authority, Al Rand said.
The WHO has also chosen the Sharjah Blood Transfusion and Research Centre as its "regional centre in the Middle East" since 2008, reflecting the quality of services provided at the centre.
Safia Al Shamsi, director of centre, said: "Mohap pays great attention to detecting contagious diseases which can be transmitted through the blood transfusion process. At the Sharjah Blood Transfusion Centre and MoHAP's blood banks, we conduct the latest international tests, including serological and DNA tests to automatically detect infectious and viral diseases. This comes as part of Mohap's endeavours to provide safe blood in quantities that meet patients' needs."
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