Want to be a hero? A blood donor campaign is encouraging the whole community to get involved.
Dubai Health Authority (DHA) has launched ‘Be the Hero. Save Lives’ to mark World Blood Donor Day.
Last year more than 65,000 people pledged their pint of blood to Dubai Blood Donation Centre, which in the UAE comes without any monetary compensation (just a lovely warm glow).
One man – Eyad Mousa – was awarded by DHA after donating 40 times to the blood centre in Latifa Hospital.
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.
Humaid Al Qutami, director general of the DHA, commended and thanked all blood donors for their life-saving gifts of blood. He also commended those working at the Dubai Blood Donation Centre.
The year-long ‘Be the Hero’ drive will also see a mobile blood donor bus travel around Dubai.
Anyone interested in making a donation should call the centre on 800 342 (800 DHA).
Need to know: 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.