Health experts on Wednesday said that transfusion of blood and blood products helps saving millions of lives every year.

Addressing an event organized at Federal Government Poly Clinic (FGPC) Islamabad, in connection with World Blood Donors Day, they said that every year on June 14 countries around the world celebrate World Blood Donor Day and this year the day will be celebrated with the theme 'Thank You for saving my Life'.

Coordinator Islamabad Blood Transfusion Programme, Dr Hassan Abbas Zaheer said that the event, established in 2004, serves to raise awareness of the need for safe blood and blood products, and to thank blood donors for their voluntary, life-saving gifts of blood.

He said that transfusion of blood and blood products can help patients suffering from life-threatening conditions live longer and with higher quality of life, and supports complex medical and surgical procedures.

He said that it also has an essential, life-saving role in maternal and perinatal care. Access to safe and sufficient blood and blood products can help reduce rates of death and disability due to severe bleeding during delivery and after childbirth.

Executive Director FGPC, Dr Zahid Hussain said that in many countries, there is an inadequate supply of safe blood, and blood services face the challenge of making sufficient blood available, while also ensuring its quality and safety.

He said an adequate supply can only be assured through regular donations by voluntary unpaid blood donors. He added efforts are being made at all level by the government to obtain sufficient blood supplies from voluntary unpaid donors.

Event organizer, Dr Sharif Astori from FGPC stressed the need for voluntary unpaid blood donations as in many countries of the world, people still dependent on family donors and even paid donors, he added.

He said that country's youth should come forward and donate their blood to save precious lives of country people.

On the occasion, a free blood camp was arranged for citizens where there was arrangement of registration of volunteer blood donors besides awareness material on safe blood transfusion. Total 268 people visited the first day of camp.


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