Blood do­na­tion

Times of Oman - - OMAN -

“The list is de­tailed and we em­pha­sise that the con­di­tions listed are for tem­po­rary de­fer­ral only and the el­i­gi­bil­ity of any prospec­tive donor is to be as­sessed by the physi­cian,” he added.

Dr Sathish N Veluswamy, a la­paro­scopic sur­geon at Bur­jeel Hos­pi­tal, shed some light on the blood do­na­tion el­i­gi­bil­ity process doc­tors fol­lowed. “Donors usu­ally un­dergo a gen­eral check-up to check the blood pres­sure count and ill­nesses in the past, such as malaria and hep­ati­tis B,” he told Times of Oman. “Those who have any blood-borne dis­eases and sex­u­ally trans­mit­ted dis­eases (STDs) can­not do­nate blood.”

He added: “If a donor has had malaria, es­pe­cially if he/she has been in an en­demic area, he/she will be screened. No fast­ing is re­quired be­fore do­nat­ing blood.”

Al Sharyani said: “With the ex­pan­sion in the in­tro­duc­tion of health­care ser­vices in the Sul­tanate, the de­mand for blood and blood com­po­nents is ever-in­creas­ing, but the DBBS is ca­pa­ble enough to meet the needs.”

“There has never been any short­age of blood but, def­i­nitely, the DBBS has ex­pe­ri­enced short­fall, which is an ob­sta­cle fac­ing all the blood banks in the world. This short­fall gen­er­ally oc­curs af­ter hol­i­day sea­sons and in the sum­mer months,” he added. “The Donor Af­fairs sec­tion at DBBS is ex­tremely ef­fi­cient and com­pe­tent in over­com­ing such short­falls by util­is­ing tools that have proven to be ef­fec­tive and pro­duc­tive in main­tain­ing ad­e­quate blood in­ven­tory. The self­less gen­eros­ity of our safe blood donors is an im­por­tant con­tribut­ing fac­tor to­wards the sus­tain­able sup­ply of safe blood and blood com­po­nents.”

Of­fi­cial gov­ern­ment chan­nels aside, a group of well-mean­ing Oma­nis and ex­pats have set up a What­sApp group ti­tled ‘We Help Blood Do­na­tion’, to or­gan­ise blood for hos­pi­tals or pa­tients who need it dur­ing emer­gen­cies. “We have more than 1,000 mem­bers in our group, but dur­ing Ra­madan, we do ex­pe­ri­ence a short­age of blood donors,” said a mem­ber of the or­gan­i­sa­tion. “One rea­son can be the change in the blood bank tim­ings dur­ing the month of Ra­madan, which the donors may not know. Also, af­ter fast­ing, one can do­nate blood, but I think donors are not aware of that.”

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