HMC's Blood Donation Center operated 4 mobile sites during Ramadan

  • 8 months   ago

During the holy month of Ramadan, the Blood Donation Center of Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) continued to reach out to the people in Qatar to safely donate blood and recruited more donors by operating four sites amid the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.

According to Sadika Al Mahmoudi, the center's Medical Manager, a mobile blood donation campaign begins before the holy month of Ramadan every year. They carried out a number of regular blood donation campaigns every week this time.

The goal of the center is to encourage people to voluntarily donate so it can provide adequate and safe stock of blood in the country. With the aid of a mobile campaign, it recruited new donors and the youth from 18 to 25 years to curb the stigma of blood donation. Its representatives personally went to their location to recruit these individuals.




The medical head stated that they are conducting their mobile campaign plans very early and they are working closely with the Communication Department of HMC. With the theme,“One Nation through Donation,” they aim to donate blood to save the sick patients' lives, regardless of nationality but as a whole nation.

In view of the recent pandemic, the center is adhering to the precautionary measures to ensure the safety of everyone especially its donors. This is the reason behind the center's decision to open four sites, Al Mahmoudi.

The Main donor Center in Hamad Hospital covers all areas in Doha including the Ministries, private companies, semi government institutions to donate. It opens in two shifts, from 8am to 12 noon and 7pm to 12 midnight.

Al Mahmoudi stressed that the new branch they recently opened is opposite the Surgical Specialty Center. this center is for female and platelet apheresis donation. She mentioned that there is a mobile camp in Al Labeeb Health Center, which covers north areas to make it easier for them to reach, and Al Wakra Hospital, which covered the south area. All these arrangements are coordinated with the Ministry of Interior (MoI) to facilitate the mission of donation.

To be able to donate blood, an individual must be healthy, adult not less than 17 years of age, with no significant chronic illness or previous infections, with the body weight of not less than 50kg and hemoglobin level of not less than 13g for male and 12.5 for female. On the day of the donation, the donor must be free of symptoms of fever and coughs or any other infection and he must have adequate hours of sleep.

Al Mahmoud noted that blood donation is a very safe procedure and adverse are very rare and even when occur they are usually very mild and post no threat to the donor. To ensure that the process of donation is safe potential donors are very carefully assessed for suitability before they can donate and to make sure that the procedure caries no hazard to the donors, she added.

She also stated that Qatar is 100 percent self-sufficient in the sense that the country do not import any blood units from outside the country and rely entirely on local volunteer donors. However, due to the ever expansion of health care facilities there is an exponential increase of demands for blood supplies, she disclosed.

Source: Hamad Medical Corporation