Polyclinic to develop blood donation system: Dr Amjad
ISLAMABAD—Executive Director Federal Government Polyclinic (FGPC) Dr. Raja Amjad Mehmood Friday said that the hospital would develop blood donation system to achieve the goal of self-sufficiency in safe blood and blood products.
Addressing a seminar to mark world blood donor day 2016, he said that adequate and reliable supply of safe blood could only be assured through a stable base of regular, voluntary and unpaid blood donors.
Dr. Amjad Mehmood said that there was misconception that giving blood might result weakness or lead to other medical complications.
There was a need to encourage young and healthy people to donate their blood, he added.
He appreciated the efforts of team of Safe Blood Transfusion Programme (SBTP) in implementing the blood transfusion programme and raising awareness about voluntary blood donation. Deputy Director SBTP, Dr. Amir Maqbool informed the progress and achievements of the programme and highlighted the efforts and strategy to promote voluntary blood donations through mobilization.
He appreciated the commitment of the government to promote the cause of blood safety in the country and also thanked the German government for its support. He said that the SBTP was initiated in 2010 that has now started bearing fruit and created a platform for all the stakeholders in the sector of blood transfusion.
He said that SBTP has now been developed into a very impressive public health programme and was being successfully implemented not only at the federal level but also in all the provinces.
Dr. Iftikhar Malik of FGPC highlighted the need for voluntary blood donation in Pakistan and said that the FGPC was working on a strategy to provide safe blood to patients in need.
Executive Director Polyclinic Dr. Raja Amjad Mahmood addressing a seminar on the occasion of World Blood Donors Day.—APP