DUHS establishes blood donation camp

Karachi: Regular voluntary blood donors are the safest source of blood as there are fewer blood borne infections among these donors than among people who donate for family members in emergencies or who give blood for payment.

Dow University of Health Sciences has taken the initiative towards provision of safe blood products to the needy patients.

Under this initiative, Safe Blood Transfusion Services have been initiated with the strong pillars of voluntary blood donation, training of human resource, developing service delivery in blood banking and transplantation laboratory services with continuous education and training in transfusion and transplantation sciences.

The Voluntary Blood Donation Camp has been organized by Dow University of Health Sciences (DUHS) from 20 to 22 May, 2014 at Sindh High Court. The Camp was inaugurated by Chief Justice of Sindh High Court Justice Maqbool Baqar. Pro-Vice Chancellor DUHS Prof Dr M Umar Farooq and Registrar DUHS Prof Dr Nadeem Sheikh were the guest of honor on the occasion.

Pro-Vice Chancellor DUHS Dr Umar Farooq said that blood donation is a divine experience by donating blood one gives a second chance of life to someone in need. One unit of blood can save up to three important lives.

He further added that the Safe Blood Transfusion Services Programme of Dow University embarks the establishment of a Dow Blood Transfusion and Research Center, with a blood bank and an institute providing teaching, training and quality assured service delivery to the population. Under this umbrella, our blood donation services are extremely active under Donor Management Department of our center and disseminating the message of voluntary blood donation to the population at large.

The purpose is creation of a culture of voluntary blood donation through communication and education, build a stable blood donor pool by motivating and recruiting new donors from low-risk populations, and encouraging existing or lapsed donors to become regular donors and to recognize the contribution to society made by blood donors, provide quality donor care, and 100 percent WHO recommended safe and efficacious blood products to all the needy patients and create a sustainable foundation of technologically advanced non-profit blood banking in Pakistan

He thanked Justice Maqbool Baqar for his time and appreciation and other respected members of Sindh High Court, particularly the medical committee and its representative, advocate Yousuf Iqbal for his efforts with DUHS in this noble cause.

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