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People of Khaboura call for national blood drive in November

7 Sep 2020 By MOHAMMED TAHA

To support blood banks and mark Oman’s 50th National Day, people of Khaboura are banding together to organise a blood donation drive.  

The campaign will be held in the wilayat in the Governorate of North Batinah for two days on November 20 and 21.

Speaking to Muscat Daily, Salim al Saeedi, one of the organisers of the drive, said it will be held under the slogan ‘Together to donate blood’ in cooperation with government and private sectors and the ROP.  

“We will also coordinate with volunteer teams from wilayats all over the sultanate, including the Oman Blood Donors Team and Blood Bank in Sohar. We are targeting more than 600 blood donors.” 

According to Saeedi, the drive aims to celebrate the 50th National Day while also promoting the culture of donating blood in society.  

“In the coming days, we will try to promote our drive through social media, urging people in all wilayats to donate and make it a national campaign. We have contacted some wilayats and they have responded positively,” Saeedi said. 

Ahmed al Kharusi, a volunteer of the drive who has to date donated blood 160 times, said, “It aims to not just collect the maximum units of blood but also create awareness among the general public on the need for donating blood. Blood saves lives. People in Oman need to be aware of the importance of blood and platelet donation. There is a severe shortage in blood banks due to COVID-19.” 

Kharusi noted that there is an urgent need to create awareness on the issue. “There should be an effort to increase the number of blood and platelet donors in the country.” 

According to Kharusi, it’s always a challenge to reach a wider audience to create awareness on such drives. “Our aim is to make people aware that they should visit the nearest blood bank for donations rather than wait for a campaign.” 

He informed that donating blood every three months is good for health.  

“People should make it a habit to visit any blood bank after completion of the three-month period.” 

Organisers of the National Day blood drive can be reached on 97730600 and 79900799.

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