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Posted On: 14 June 2013 08:24 am
Updated On: 12 November 2020 02:13 pm

Donating Blood For A Noble Cause

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Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) having the largest voluntary blood donations in the region has registered 22,504 donors by December last year and there were 432 voluntary donors of platelets. Among them the top 300 donors were recognised yesterday at an event held to mark World Blood Donor Day. HMC’s Department of Laboratory and Pathology Medicine and Blood Donor Unit held its annual gala ceremony to mark the World Blood Donor day under the patronage of the Minister of Public Health and Secretary General of the Supreme Council of Health, H E Abdulla bin Khalid Al Qahtani. More than 300 voluntary blood donors were recognised in this ceremony for their vital contribution to the safe supply of blood and blood products in Qatar. Many major companies and community groups in Qatar organise regular blood donation drives and events. The event also recognised individual donors who have helped HMC reach its blood donation targets for the third year in a row. At the event, 20 female donors were recognised as well as 225 regular donors of platelets and seven being hailed as the most distinguished donors of blood and platelets. HMC has the largest voluntary blood donations in the region with 100 percent of its supplies being met through this means and is a vital part of HMC’s delivery of safe, effective and compassionate care. Also 38 organisations including ministries, public organisations and cultural and social and youth groups who organised blood donation drives were also recognised at the event. Sponsors for the 2013 gala event included Barwa Real Estate Company, Qatar Petroleum, Qatar Petrochemical and Qatar Energy. The participation of such prestigious sponsors is recognition of HMC’s continuing and fruitful partnerships with some of Qatar’s biggest private and public institutions. Every year, on June 14, countries around the world celebrate World Blood Donor Day. The event serves to raise awareness of the need for safe blood and blood products and to thank voluntary unpaid blood donors for their life-saving gifts of blood. With the slogan ‘Give the gift of life: Donate blood’, this year’s campaign, the 10th anniversary of World Blood Donor Day, focused on the value of donated blood to the patient, not only in saving life, but also in helping people live longer and more productive Source : Qatar Chronicle