The Primary Health Care Corporation (PHCC) is preparing to launch a blood donation campaign across six of its health centres, during the month of July. The initiative is organised in partnership with Hamad Medical Corporation’s (HMC) Blood Donor Centre, through a fully equipped mobile blood donation unit.
PHCC staff are expected to take part in the campaign, which launches on July 3, and aims to enrich the blood bank’s supply and save the lives of the injured, sick, and those undergoing various surgeries, a statement said yesterday.
The blood donation campaign is being organised to mark World Blood Donor Day 2022, held under the theme ‘Donating Blood is an act of solidarity. Join the effort and save life.’
World Blood Donor Day, which takes place on June 14, was created to help raise global awareness of the need for safe blood and blood products for transfusion, while highlighting the critical contribution voluntary, unpaid blood donors make to national health systems.
The day also offers an opportunity to call to action governments and national health authorities, to provide adequate resources that help increase the collection of blood from voluntary, unpaid blood donors.
Huda al-Wahedi, executive director of PHCC’s Corporate Communications Department, said: “PHCC supports campaigns that promote a culture of voluntary blood donation and educate the public, our staff, and Health Centers on the importance of national and humanitarian initiatives that help facilitate an adequate blood supply for patients, noting that blood donation reactivates blood circulation and renews cells”.
The mobile blood donation unit will visit Al Wajbah Health Centre on July 3, Mesaimeer Health Centre on July 5, Umm Salal Health Centre on July 20, Qatar University Health Centre on July 21, Al Wakra Health Centre on July 24 and Omar Bin Al Khattab Health Centre on July 26, from 8am to 12pm.