Poly­clinic to de­velop blood do­na­tion sys­tem: Dr Am­jad

Pakistan Observer - - TWIN CITIES - STAFF RE­PORTER

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

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