Over 500 people donate blood after appeals
As many as 517 people responded to the appeals of the Department of Blood Bank Services (DBBS) in the Ministry of Health and Ibri Hospital in the last few days to donate blood.
Ibri Hospital said on Monday that 50 people donated blood while DBBS said 467 donors did the same.
Speaking to Muscat Daily,
Ahmed bin Hamad al Kharusi, a blood donor, who has donated more than 153 times and is one of the supporters of blood donation campaigns in Oman, said, “Due to the shortage of donors, the Central Blood Bank in Bausher had appealed on January 16 for donation.
“A lot of people responded to
the appeal and 307 people donated blood on January 16. On Friday, January 17, 130 donated blood in a campaign held in cooperation with Oman Riders
Club and Muscat Bikers Club.
“The donation campaign continued on Sunday, January 19. Oman Road Safety Association in cooperation with DBBS organised a blood donation campaign at Radisson Blu Hotel and 30 people donated.”
Talking about the shortage of donors, he said, “I hope the blood donation campaigns will continue throughout the year in all parts of the sultanate to ensure there is no shortage. I urge people to donate blood on a regular basis as it goes a long way in saving lives.
“I have been donating blood for more than 30 years and every time I donate blood I feel happy to serve the community and those in need.”
Blood can be donated at Central Blood Bank in Bausher from Saturday to Thursday (8am to 8pm) and Friday (3-8pm).
Contact DBBS at 24591255, 24594255, or via WhatsApp 94555648.
Ahmed bin Hamad al Kharusi (left) with a blood donor