Courtesy by: gulf-times.com
The Hamad Medical Corporation’s blood donor unit has honoured around 600 individuals and corporate organisations who have taken part in blood donation campaigns organised by the unit.
Some 522 male and female blood donors, including five distinguished and long-time donors as well as 75 public and private organisations, were felicitated.
The event was organised as part of the World Blood Donor Day commemoration, the fourth of its kind being held by the blood unit.
Present at the event among other dignitaries were Minister of Public Health HE Abdullah Khalid al-Qahtani, HMC managing director Hanan al-Kuwari, HMC board chairperson Latifa al-Houty and senior government officials.
Speaking to reporters after the recognition ceremony at the Sheraton, the minister commended the unit’s efforts and all the donors who have made it possible for the blood bank to meet 85% of blood requirement.
“I hope we will reach the 100%-level before the end of this year,” HE al-Qahtani said.
The country stopped importing blood in 1987.
The number of donors so far has reached 17,000.
In her speech, al-Houty mentioned that last year’s statistics showed that the blood donation campaign by the hospital yielded 17,360 units covering about 85% of the blood and blood components required.
“Our endeavour to raise public awareness has been so far rewarded and we hope that by carrying on with our vigorous public campaign, we would be able to achieve 100% and meet the needs of the HMC blood bank and of various private and public hospitals in the country,” she said.
The in-charge of the blood donor unit Sidiqa al-Mahmoudi said the unit attached a great importance to the World Blood Donor Day and recognised it as an international event that strengthens the links between voluntary blood donors and patients.
“It is a continuation of a journey started a long time ago, when the unit used to celebrate this day by organising several activities to disseminate information about the culture of voluntary blood donation,” she said.
The Blood Bank laboratory chief Dr Ajayeb al-Nabet also spoke on the occasion.
Highlights of the event, sponsored by RasGas company, were the recitation of a poem by one of the best donors and a recital by a young thalassemia patient.