Dubai, UAE: The Dubai Blood Donation Centre (DBDC) in association with Nexcare has organised a blood donation drive at the Latifa Hospital on Tuesday to mark the World Blood Donors Day. The drive will be held from 8 am to 1 am in one of its many intiatives to step up blood donation during the summer season when a shortfall is expected.
The centre has requested residents to donate blood in large numbers as a single unit of blood can save three lives. Several other corporate companies have organised blood donation drives across the city to contribute to this initiative.
While it is acceptable for those fasting to donate blood during the day it is advisable they donate two hours after iftar as blood donation requires certain health prerequisites. Those not fasting can fill in the day slots.
During summers when people proceed on vacations, the centre steps up the blood donation drive. Also, a unit of blood has a limited shelf life. Red blood cells can be stored only for 42 days and platelets for just five days which means more volunteers are required to be ready for donations on call.
A survey conducted last year by the centre indicated that a majority of Dubai residents were not aware where to donate blood and many felt that blood donations could lead to infections, Dr Mai Raouf, director of the centre had earlier told Gulf News.
The centre accepts donations only through volunteers and conducted 631 campaigns in 2015, collecting 48,297 units of blood, in addition to 5,149 platelet units, Dr Raouf had said.
According to guidelines issued by the Dubai Health Authority (DHA) regular blood donation can decrease the possibility of having heart disease and strokes. It also activates the bone marrow to produce new blood cells and help the body to get rid of excess iron level.
Blood donor should show an ID like: Emirates ID, Driving License, Health Card, work permit or passport. Person on visit visa and transit visa to the Emirates are not eligible to give blood as per MOH rules.
Blood donor should be in good general health condition at the time of blood donation.
Age should be between 18-65
Weight not less than 50kg.
Blood pressure should be between 60/100 to 100/160 mm Hg.
Pulse rate between 60-100 pulse/minute.
Body temperature not more than 37.5 degrees Celsius.
It is not recommended for pregnant and lactating women to donate blood.
© Gulf NewsJun 2016