Blood donation drive to be held on 30th January

SHARJAH, 28th January, 2017 (WAM) — University Hospital Sharjah (UHS) in co-operation with the Sharjah Blood Transfusion & Research Center will host the 3rd annual blood donation drive on 30th January.

The drive will be held from 9.30am to 1.30pm and will be organised at the entrance of the UHS, with more than 100 people expected to participate in it.

University Hospital Sharjah’s 1st and 2nd annual blood donation drives attracted over 250 donors. Some 750 patients benefited from the 100,000ml of blood collected.

The drive commemorates UAE President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan’s declaration that 2017 will be the “Year of Giving.” Prior to the blood donation drive, UHS organised a one-month commitment drive to encourage patients and staff members to enrol for the drive.

“The most obvious benefit of donating blood is the wonderful feeling of giving something vital to another who needs it. Blood donation is a completely safe process; the average person has 5,000ml of blood and roughly 400ml is given during a session,” stated Professor Hakam Yaseen, Medical Director (CMO) Consultant Neonatologist, HOD Paediatric & NICU and Member of Board of Trustees, UHS.

“Multiple units of blood are needed during surgeries, depending on the amount of bleeding. Red cells, platelets, plasma and cryoprecipitate can be derived from the blood. Typically, two or three of these are produced from the 400ml of donated blood and therefore, each donation can help save as many as three lives. Furthermore, donating blood is a quick and easy process, as the donors only require to register and give their medical history. The actual donation takes less than 10 minutes,” explained Dr Majd Jundi, Consultant Histopathologist and Director of Laboratory.

Only a small percentage of people in the UAE have type O-negative blood, which is known to be the universal donor, because it can be given to people of all blood types. Type O-negative blood is needed in emergencies, before the patient’s blood type can be determined, especially when newborns are involved.

The holiday season through to New Year is the most difficult time to attract donors. While donations drop, the need for contribution is constant and crucial for a reliable blood supply that will save lives. In addition, donating blood has health benefits for the donor and there are no religious restrictions.