Dr. Marwan Al Kaabi, Acting Group Chief Operations Officer, Seha, said, “It is vital for all members of our community to regularly donate blood. Blood is our lifeline, and our blood banks need a consistent supply of blood to protect the interests of the entire community, especially our brothers and sisters who require life-saving transfusions.
During these testing times of a pandemic, frontline workers in Al Ain have set an example to the world by donating blood to encourage donors. There has been a significant fall in voluntary blood donation across the world since the outbreak of Covid-19. The case in the UAE is no different.
After recovering from COVID-19, Oscar-winning actor Tom hanks has shared photographs of himself donating plasma on social media.
Blood transfusion saves lives and improves health, but many patients across the world requiring transfusion do not have timely access to safe blood. The unavailability of blood often leads to deaths.
Blood donation campaigns are ongoing according to the highest safety standards, said the UAE’s Ministry of Health and Prevention (MoHAP) in a statement issued ahead of World Blood Donor Day, which takes place on Sunday.
The Dubai Blood Donation Centre had approximately 22,000 blood donors of 150 nationalities, amounting to about 20,000 units collected from mid-February until now, in addition to 1,737 platelets and blood plasma donations.
Bollywood singer Kanika Kapoor has now approached the King George's Medical University (KGMU), offering to donate her plasma for treatment of other Covid-19 patients.
Covid-19 survivors Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson have offered their blood to help develop a vaccine for coronavirus.
Two blood pressure-lowering drug classes, called ACE inhibitors and ARBs, came under scrutiny after the US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention reported in April that 72% of hospitalised COVID-19 patients 65 or older had hypertension.