40% DIP IN BLOOD DONORS DUR­ING RA­MADAN: MOH

Blood banks will re­main open for ex­tended pe­ri­ods to get do­na­tions from po­ten­tial donors

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Af­ter Oman’s Min­istry of Health recorded a drop of nearly 40 per cent in blood donors dur­ing Ra­madan, plans are un­der­way to in­crease the num­ber of do­na­tion cam­paigns in the holy month to cover the short­fall.

In a state­ment, the min­istry said: “Dur­ing the holy month of Ra­madan, peo­ple fast­ing can­not donate blood, and many may be busy in the evenings. For these rea­sons, blood banks usu­ally face a de­cline in the num­ber of donors dur­ing the holy month. The num­ber of donors goes down by up to 40 per cent.”

The min­istry added: “The Depart­ment of Blood Bank Ser­vices (DBBS) will in­crease the num­ber of do­na­tion cam­paigns to meet the daily need for blood and its com­po­nents. Health in­sti­tu­tions will need a large num­ber of blood donors daily.”

In the evenings, blood banks will be open from 7.30pm to 11.00pm for the du­ra­tion of the holy month, in ad­di­tion to the morn­ing from 8am to 1pm. The al­lot­ted time for do­nat­ing platelets will be from 7.30pm to 10pm.

The DBBS said the blood do­na­tion cam­paigns would run from May 20 to June 10 from 8pm to 11.30pm in mosques, shop­ping

cen­tres and mar­kets in Ma­bela, Al Khuwair, Bausher, Al Amerat, Aza­iba, Al Khoud, Mawaleh, Mut­trah and Ruwi.

Dr. Mohsin Al Sharyani, Head of Donors Af­fairs in the Min­istry of Health, said: “Any­one who is in good health and feel­ing well, above the age of 18 and fulfils the donor se­lec­tion cri­te­ria, and does not weigh less than 50kg, is el­i­gi­ble to donate blood.”

Donors must bring their res­i­dent or iden­tity card with them and the process will take 30 min­utes with 450ml of blood drawn from each donor.

“How­ever, there are con­di­tions that can lead to tem­po­rary or per­ma­nent de­fer­ral if we think the donor health or blood safety is at risk,” he said.

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