World Blood Donor Day

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Thalassemic kids in need of frequent donations

Sunday, June 14, 2009
Bureau report

PESHAWAR: The Hamza Foundation Blood Services Saturday urged the masses to donate blood to organisation so as lives of innocent children suffering from thalassemia could be saved.

Addressing a press conference at the Peshawar Press Club, chairman of the foundation Ejaz Ali Khan said due to the military operation in certain areas of the province, the foundation could not collect blood for thalassemia patients.

He also demanded of the government to announce extra marks to the students who donate blood. “In this way we will be able to persuade the students to donate blood,” he said.

Flanked by Dr Fakhar Zaman, medical director of the foundation, he said that the Hamza Foundation had 539 registered patients of thalassemia, haemophilia and blood cancer.

Beside, he said, the foundation also provides blood to other patients free of cost. “We need 700 blood bags monthly to cater to the needs of patients registered with the foundation,” he said.

Dr Ejaz said that the medical science had confirmed that a healthy person, from 18 to 50 years of age, could donate blood four times a year. He said that blood donation also diminishes the possibility of hepatitis and AIDS.

He said that the World Donors Day would be observed today (Sunday) to create awareness among the people to donate blood. He said that presently about 80 million people across the world donate blood amongst them 39 per cent are from under-developed countries.

He said that in Pakistan 70 percent of the donated blood is given to thalassemia patients.

Dr Ejaz said that during the last three years the Hamza Foundation collected blood from over 12,000 volunteers, majority of which comes from student community.

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