Can you donate blood and save a life?

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Dubai always needs donors to boost blood stocks.

The emirate’s blood donation centre wants rarer negative types to donate.

Dr Mai Raouf, Director of the Dubai Blood Donation Centre revealed that only 0.6 per cent of the UAE population is AB negative, 1.8 per cent is B negative, 2.4 per cent are A negative and four per cent are O negative. The O-positive blood types are most common and are found in 38.6 per cent of the population.

All blood types last only 42 days, so a steady flow of donors are always required to replenish these stocks.

People can donate blood every eight weeks, with each donation potentially saving up to three lives. You can also give platelets up to 24 times a year. The essential part of blood helps cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy or those recovering from surgery with bleeding disorders.

The Dubai Blood Donation Centre received 33,190 blood donors in the first half of 2018. They collected 27,401 blood units and 2,657 platelets through 423 blood donation campaigns in the first half of 2018.

Founded in 1996, Dubai’s only donation centre provides around 50 per cent of the total blood collected throughout the country, which is then supplied to the Thalassemia Centre and hospitals around the emirate.

How do I donate?

Register through the new Dammi app, answer questions on whether you’re eligible to give blood and find out more about donating. You can also register your contact details and blood type, so the centre can contact you during emergencies and disasters to give blood. The app is available in English and Arabic for both Android and iPhones.

Only people in good health who are residents of the UAE can donate blood. Other requirements: aged between 17 and 60, weigh at least 45kg, not have donated blood in the last 90 days and not be suffering from any infectious disease, ‘flu or taking antibiotics.

For more information and details of donation sessions, contact Blood Donation Centre (BDC) at Al Wasl Hospital. Call 04 219 2331. Opening hours Sunday-Thursday, 7.30am-7pm.

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