Blood banks stock up ad­di­tional units ahead of measles drive

Oman Daily Observer - - FRONT PAGE - ZAINAB AL NASSRI MUS­CAT, SEPT 16

Many blood banks had stocked up on ad­di­tional units of blood which will suf­fice for weeks, in view of Na­tional Measles Im­mu­ni­sa­tion Cam­paign (NMIC). Rea­son: the donors have to wait un­til a month af­ter vac­ci­na­tion be­fore they can do­nate blood.

Ahead of the vac­ci­na­tion cam­paign, the blood banks across the coun­try had urged peo­ple to do­nate blood through dif­fer­ent blood do­na­tion cen­tres at health in­sti­tu­tions.

“Fifty per cent of our donors are youth, who have got them­selves vac­ci­nated. There­fore, we had made prior plans to pre­vent short­age of blood dur­ing the cam­paign,” said an of­fi­cial at the Bausher Blood Bank.

The bank also plans to in­ten­sify its blood do­na­tion cam­paign and ask those be­low 20 years or older than 35 years to do­nate blood.

Dr Khalid al Balushi, Head of the Blood Bank Ser­vices Depart­ment at the min­istry, had ear­lier said the “need for blood is con­tin­u­ous” and there are donors who are com­mit­ted to do­nat­ing con­stantly, some­times for more than 100 times.

“Un­til June this year, we had more than 59,000 donors from all blood groups,” he said.

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