HMC honors hundreds of blood donors ahead of World Blood Donor Day
Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) yesterday held its annual ceremony to appreciate hundreds of volunteers who have donated their blood throughout the year.
The event, held at Al Dafna Ballroom at the Sheraton Grand Hotel, under the auspices of the Minister of Public Health, Her Excellency Dr. Hanan Mohamed Al Kuwari, was held ahead of the World Blood Donor Day (WBDD 2017) being observed worldwide every 14 June.
This year’s WBDD campaign with the slogan, “What can you do? Give blood. Give now. Give often,” focuses on blood donation in emergencies and seeks to highlight blood transfusion as an essential component of emergency healthcare. Emergencies increase the demand for blood transfusion and make its delivery challenging and complex. An adequate supply of blood during emergencies requires a well-organized blood service, and this can only be ensured by engaging the entire community and a blood donor population committed to voluntary unpaid blood donation throughout the year.
More than 200 voluntary donors including 144 whole blood donors, 40 whole blood and platelet donors, and 20 female donors were recognized at the event. In addition, 38 mobile campaign organizers representing various national, cultural, and youth organizations who participated in relevant awareness campaigns were honored.
The platinum sponsor - Social and Sports Activities Support Fund (Daam) and gold sponsor - Qatar Gas, in addition to two silver sponsors: Qatar Petrochemical Company (Qapco) and Al Muftah Group, were recognized for financing the blood donor recognition ceremony.
The recognition ceremony coincided with the launch of a number of interactive, cultural and informative youth oriented and promotional programs, being organized by the Blood Donor Center in collaboration with HMC’s Corporate Communication Department.
A promotional and documentary film on the culture of blood donation entitled “Knights of Giving” featuring the vision and objectives of the Blood Donation Center was screened during the ceremony. The film is expected to be broadcast on national TV and radio channels in Qatar as well as regionally and globally.
Her Excellency Al Kuwari has lauded the work of the Blood Donor Center: “A blood service that gives patients access to safe blood and blood products in sufficient quantity is a key component of an effective health system. Ensuring safe and sufficient blood supplies requires the development of a nationally coordinated blood transfusion service based on voluntary blood donations.”
“HMC appreciates the invaluable contributions of all donors whose thoughtful giving helps us to save lives every day. Our community and their support have helped us achieve 100 percent blood self-sufficiency. This makes HMC, our national health provider, the most reliable healthcare facility in blood transfusion in the region.”
The World Health Organization (WHO) says blood is an important resource, both for planned treatments and urgent interventions. It can help patients suffering from life-threatening conditions live longer and with a higher quality of life, and supports complex medical and surgical procedures. Blood is also vital for treating the wounded during emergencies of all kinds (natural disasters, accidents, and armed conflicts) and has an essential, life-saving role in maternal and perinatal care.
Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology Chairperson, Dr. Ajayeb Al Nabet said: “The annual WBDD is an opportunity to thank donors as well as to raise awareness about the importance of voluntary blood donations. We are very grateful to all our donors, both individuals and corporate organizations for their continuous support year on year. Their contribution is going a long way in supporting the corporation’s effort in providing the safest and most compassionate care that our patients deserve.”
HMC’s Blood Donor Center Manager, Ms. Siddiqa Ismail Al-Mahmoudi said the number of voluntary blood donors as at 2016 has reached 26,962. Additionally, throughout the year 361 blood donation campaigns were hosted by corporate entities and organizations.
"This annual event is meant to express gratitude to donors who voluntarily give the gift of blood for no reason other than saving lives. It is also intended to boost awareness of safe blood and blood products and to shed light on the importance of blood donation as a life-saving solution for patients with life-threatening ailments,” she stressed.
Ms. Al-Mahmoudi mentioned that the culture of blood donation is now deeply rooted in Qatar as the country stopped the importation of blood in 1987 and has maintained 100 percent blood sufficiency for seven years in a row.
She added that the Blood Donor Center and Corporate Communications Department have begun to activate the objectives and theme of WBDD within the Qatari community.
Hamad Medical Corporation
Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) is the premier non-profit health care provider in Doha, Qatar. It was established by Emiri decree in 1979 and manages five highly specialized hospitals, namely, Hamad General Hospital, Rumailah Hospital, Women's Hospital, Al Amal Hospital and Al Khor Hospital. Since its establishment, HMC has rapidly developed medical facilities capable of providing state-of-the-art diagnosis and treatment of diseases that previously could only be managed in overseas medical centers.
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