Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) held its annual blood donor appreciation event to honour more than 250 individuals, companies and community groups who have supported its blood donor centre within the past year.

The event was held at the Sheraton Grand Doha Resort and Convention Hotel under the patronage of HE Dr Hanan Mohamed Al Kuwari, the Minister of Public Health and coincides with World Blood Donor Day, which is observed worldwide on 14 June.

More than 200 individual donors were honoured at the event including 40 platelet donors, 20 female donors and 140 donors who donated whole blood products for patients in need.

The event also honoured corporate and government supporters and sponsors of HMC’s blood donation efforts including Al Fardan Group, QatarGas, Qatar Petrochemical Company (QAPCO), The Social and Sport Contribution Fund  and Qatar National Bank.

Dr Salih Ali Al Marri from the Ministry of Public Health said events like this shed light on the importance of blood donation.

‘Blood donation helps save many lives here in Qatar every year and there is always demand for blood and blood products. This is a selfless act and it’s important that we take the time to recognise those in our community who display this generosity.’

Ali Al Janahi, Chief of Business Services at HMC said the widespread community and business support enabled the success of blood donation drives. Al Janahi said:

It is a result of widespread public support for blood donation and recognition of its importance. Voluntary blood donation gives patients with life-threatening diseases who are in need of a blood transfusion a chance to live longer and improve the quality of their lives.’

The work of the Blood Donor Center is supported by HMC’s Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology, whose efforts were also recognised at tonight’s event.

Dr Ajayeb Al Nabet Al Marri, Chairperson of the Department of Laboratory, Medicine and Pathology at HMC said hundreds of donors including platelet and plasma donors as well as organisations who support the centre were recognised at the event which was held under the theme of ‘Blood Connects Us All’.

Dr Ajayeb said:

HMC has again met 100 percent blood sufficiency for the sixth consecutive year and we have the largest number of voluntary blood donors in the region.’

In 2015, there were more than 27,000 donations with more than 42,000 donors registered by the team either at the centre or as part of blood donation drives in the community.

Dr Ajayeb said:

We will continue to play a vital role in nurturing the culture of blood donation in the community to ensure we meet the need for blood and blood products from all the hospitals and medical facilities in Qatar.’

For more information, visit hamad.qa.

Ramadan Guide 2016