Abu Dhabi Blood Bank has celebrated World Blood Donor Day on 15 June, with a number of activities taking place across the Emirate to increase awareness around the importance of blood donation.
Throughout the month of June, the blood bank has also intensified blood drives and raised awareness amongst schools, clinics and companies, to help encourage the public to donate blood.
According to Dr. Naima Oumeziane, Head of Abu Dhabi Blood Bank, as many as three people can be saved by each unit of blood.
“Blood not only makes many medical and surgical procedures possible, but also saves the lives of accident victims, and cancer, cardiac and transplant patients among others. Blood is traditionally in short supply during the summer months here, due to holiday and travel schedules, and Ramadan in particular is a difficult month for blood centres to collect blood donations, which is why it’s so important to celebrate and highlight World Blood Donor Day,” Dr. Oumeziane said.
As part of the celebration, 50 blood donors were recognised for their positive contribution in ensuring a safe blood supply to the country at an awards ceremony at Emirates Palace, sponsored by the hotel as well as Abu Dhabi Food Control Authority, Etisalat, ADIB, ZADCO, Department of Transport and Bunduq.
More than 25 partners across Abu Dhabi, including national and private companies, universities, schools and associations participated in the campaign to encourage their staff to donate blood.
“We would not be able to undertake any lifesaving efforts without the generous time and efforts of volunteer blood donors, and we are extremely grateful for their contribution,” Dr. Oumeziane added.
Every year, Abu Dhabi Blood Bank supplies more than 50,000 units of blood to help save the lives of patients. The focus for this year’s World Blood Donor Day, organised by the World Health Organisation (WHO), is ‘Safe blood for saving mothers’. According to the WHO, every day about 800 women die from pregnancy or childbirth-related complications. Severe bleeding during delivery and after childbirth is a major cause of mortality, morbidity and long-term disability.
Abu Dhabi Blood Bank is owned and operated by Abu Dhabi Health Services Company (SEHA), which is responsible for the curative activities of all the public hospitals and clinics of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi.
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