Posted on June 16, 2011

Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) celebrated the World Blood Donor Day (WBDD) on 14th June, under the theme “More Blood…More Life “.

The event was held under the patronage of HE Khalid Bin Abdullah Al Qahtani Minister of Public Health, at the Sheraton Hotel Doha and was attended by Dr. Hanan Al-Kuwari, the Managing Director of HMC, plus many other prominent dignitaries. They commended and honored 360 voluntarily blood donors representing various nationalities and coming from diverse fields, who actively contributed in the blood donation campaigns.

Statistics for 2010 show that the total number of donors reached 13,289 and about 17,321 units of blood were collected. This rise in blood donation has taken place in tandem with the tremendous modernization achieved in blood transfusion services.

Dr. Ajayeb Al Nabet, Chairperson of the Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology at HMC underlined that in the future, blood component shall automatically be separated using a Hi-Tech system called “Atrios” the first of its kind in the region which will offer a major and quantum leap in the field of blood donation services.

“This new modernization drive shall be accompanied by qualifying the staff as well as strengthening the vital role of the Blood Donor Center through the dissemination of voluntary blood donation culture which is considered as an important pillar of the center,” said Dr. Al Nabet.

Dr. Zeyd Merenkov, head of Transfusion Medicine Services, stated that HMC is witnessing an increasing demand for blood donation due to the opening of new hospitals such as the Heart Hospital and Wakrah Hospital in addition to the expansion in cardiovascular surgeries, liver transplantation and stem cells transplantation.

On the occasion Ms. Siddiqa Al Mahmoodi, head of HMC’s Blood Donor Unit, said thousands of people have voluntarily donated blood during 2011, enabling the Blood Bank to meet 100% of its blood requirements.

“This year there is a significant increase in the number of blood donors and blood units. It is the highest level achieved since Qatar stopped blood imports from abroad in 1987 and resorted to local voluntary blood donors to secure adequate reserve of high quality, disease-free blood,” Al Mahmoodi said.

Qatar started celebrating World Blood Donor Day (WBDD) in 2004, through various social programs and public awareness campaigns launched by HMC Blood Donor Unit. It aims to achieve the strategic vision of the unit to maintain efficient, fruitful partnership with individuals, organizations and various sectors of the society to achieve self sufficiency in blood donation in the country.