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Citizens donate over 200,000 unit blood last year: MoPH

Citizens donate over 200,000 unit blood last year: MoPH

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Jun 17, 2019 - 19:36

KABULinfo-icon (Pajhwok): The Ministry of Public Healthinfo-icon on Monday voiced satisfaction with what it called institutionalization of blood donation culture in the country, saying blood donation increased over the last few years and turned into a tradition.

Fida Mohammad Paikan, deputy public health minister, told a ceremony organized on the occasion of International Blood Donation Day here that there were a limited number of blood donors in the past due to lack of awareness about the benefits of giving blood, but the number of such donors increased last year.

“People donated 170,000 blood units in 2016, 190,000 in 2017 and 210,000 in 2018 in the country,” he said. According to health officials, each unit of blood is 450cc.

Paikan expressed his ministry’s satisfaction with people donating blood to the needy and said people understood the importance of blood for human life and they voluntary visited blood banks for donating blood.

He said some people tried to receive blood by their own and without consulting doctors, an issue he said was dangerous and probably the blood donor in such cases could transmit virus to other person.

Tanaz, a 13 years old girl who is suffering from anemia, told Pajhwok Afghan News that she frequently visited the blood bank for receiving blood for the last few years.

She thanked those who donated blood and said, “Every drop of your blood is a new life for us.”

Dr Richard Peeperkorn, Worldinfo-icon Health Organizatoin (WHO)’s representative for Afghanistaninfo-icon, said it was pleasing that blood donation had become a culture in Afghanistan.

He said the Afghan people were strong and they were able provide blood to their fellow beings.

Enayatullah, head of Afghanistan Blood Bank, also said more people were visiting the bank for donating blood which he said had solved the shortage of blood.

However, he said financial problems, complicated procurement process, shortage of equipment and of professional personnel were challenges the blood bank was struggling with.

Abdul Ghafor, a resident of Kabul, who donates blood once in each eight months, said donating blood was good for a Muslim both for their health and hereafter.

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