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Call for blood donation as donor numbers fall

5 Apr 2022 By MOHAMMED TAHA

Muscat – With time being limited for blood donation during Ramadan, the Central Blood Bank has called on donors to come forward and help save lives.

A statement issued by the Department of Blood Banks Services (DBBS), said, ‘People are not allowed to donate blood at the time of fasting so as not to affect their health. They can donate blood after iftar. Donors are advised to drink a lot of fluids before and after donating blood.’

Speaking to Muscat Daily, Ahmed bin Hamad al Kharusi, who has donated blood 177 times, said, “Muscat governorate needs around 120 blood units daily and over 6,000 blood units monthly, so we call on donors to come forward and help save lives.”

Blood donation campaigns are routinely organised, especially during Ramadan, in mosques and markets. “However, in this current situation, the number of donors has decreased, as Muslims can only donate after breaking the fast,” said Kharusi.

According to Kharusi, there are a large number of patients who need blood transfusion, including patients with genetic blood diseases such as sickle cell anemia and thalassemia, patients with tumours or those involved in traffic accidents, as well as patients undergoing open surgeries.

DBBS will organise around twenty blood donation campaigns in various mosques, malls in Muscat during Ramadan.

Blood donation timings in Ramadan: 7:30pm to 11.30pm every day and from 8am till 12.30 pm from Sunday to Thursday.

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