Outstanding blood donor group honored
The Ministry of Health in the Riyadh region has honored an outstanding expatriate social service organization for donating blood for patients in the region.
The King Fahd Medical City (KFMC) in Riyadh , which functions under Ministry of Health, recognized Tamil Nadu Thowheed Jamaath (TNTJ) Riyadh Chapter for giving continuous support for blood donation since year 2004.
The voluntary organization has conducted several blood donation camps and emergency blood donation campaigns in the capital regularly. Last year, the group donated blood for the Haji pilgrims.
“ So far, we have donated thousands of units of blood for the past 14 years,” Raisul Kamal , assistant secretary to the Blood Camp of the TNTJ Group told Riyadh Daily on Tuesday.
“Last year alone 2271 blood donors participated in many such campaigns that donated 1583 units blood (712 liters) to the hospitals in the city,” Kamal said .
“ We are doing this service for the sake of Almighty Allah and we are happy that the King Fahd Medical city has appreciated our service on many occasions,” the official noted.
Recently, KFMC Blood bank Chairman Dr. Ammar Al-Zohair commended the TNTJ as the only organization in the Riyadh region , which has donated the highest volume of blood by a single group.
This certificate of appreciation was received by Chairman of Tamil Nadu state executive committee Sheikh Abdul Nasser during his recent visit to Riyadh.
The expatriates who donated blood came from India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Sudan and Egypt.
During the campaign, each donor underwent tests for high or low blood pressure, glucose and hemoglobin count prior to the donation to ensure that each donor was healthy. The checks also included scanning for communicable diseases.
The Ministry of Health does not import blood. Rather, all needed blood is collected from residents and citizens of the Kingdom who make voluntary donations.
An official from the Health Ministry stressed that blood banks are currently maintaining stable blood levels due to the generosity of donors.