Call for promoting voluntary blood donation culture

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Call for promoting voluntary blood donation culture

There is a dire need of promoting vol­untary blood donation culture in the country as it relies on family donors to sustain the transfusion system. It was very important to pro­mote the culture of voluntary blood donations in Pakistan as the country essentially relied on the ‘family do­nors’ to sustain the transfusion sys­tem. These views were expressed by Parliamentary Secretary Health Dr. Nausheen Hamid and Prof. Hassan Abbas Zaheer, Project Director, Safe Blood Transfusion Programme at a Seminar to mark World Blood Do­nor Day held recently at a local hotel in Islamabad.

Also present on the occasion, representatives of German partners KfW, PRCS, UN Agencies and others. The Islamabad blood banks and colleges students and other stakeholders also participated.

Dr. Nausheen Hamid in her address said that SafeBlood Transfusion Programme is a flagship project of the government. Blood safety is the key priority for the new government and the implementation of SBTP has picked up pace during the present regime as the government places great emphasise  on blood safety. She informed that a regional blood center is being constructed in Islamabad and will be completed by the end of this year. The Islamabad already have a model regulatory  system of blood transfusion and now the service delivery system will be reformed through new modern blood center.

Prof. Hassan Abbas Zaheer said that this was not an envia­ble situation and placed unnecessary burden on families of patients who are already under stress. Reliance on voluntary and regu­lar blood donors will also improve the blood safety standards manifold. In addition, it will also transform the current ‘demand-driven system’ into a ‘supply-driven system’ as is the case in the countries which have an effi­cient and well functioning blood sys­tem, he said. To achieve this objective, healthy people, particularly the youth have to come forward and donate blood on a regular basis, 3 to 4 times a year. The Islamabad Re­gional Blood Centre will be developed by the end of the next year and must have 100% reliance on voluntary and regular blood donors.