HMC to launch three new mobile blood donation units soon

July 25, 2021

Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC)’s Qatar Blood Services will soon launch three new mobile units to further increase the blood availability in the country.

The new mobile units will be launched as part of preparations for international events including the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022.

“The new mobile blood donation units will be well-equipped and have more capacity to collect and store blood,” HMC’s Blood Donor Center Medical Manager Seddiqa Al Mahmoodi said.

She also said that HMC Blood Donor Centre has achieved many laurels in its pursuit of excellence and is working hard for the future.

According to Mahmoodi, providing blood and blood products in Qatar remains a strategic option, adding that they would continue to increase their innovative and renewable awareness programmes in the community to attract donors.

“The innovative blood donation awareness programmes we have initiated at HMC, are keeping us on top of voluntary blood donation.

“We will continue to play a vital role in nurturing the culture of blood donation in the community to keep enriching our strategic stock in the Blood Donor Centre and to continue meeting the needs for blood and blood products by all the hospitals and medical facilities in Qatar,” she said.

To be able to donate blood, a donor 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 haemoglobin 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.

According Mahmoodi, though, it is true that Qatar is 100 percent self-sufficient in the sense that the country does 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.

Qatar has maintained 100 percent voluntary blood donation consistently and have achieved 100% blood sufficiency for ten consecutive years.

In 2020, there were 40,131 volunteer donors, 1,669 Platelet Apheresis (ELP) were collected while 812 campaigns were conducted. There were 35, 397 volunteer donors in 2019, while 1,470 ELP were collected and 502 campaigns were conducted.

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