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The MOH Launches Blood Donation Campaign in Mina in Service of the Hajj Performers
11 October 2013

The Ministry OF Health (MOH) launched a blood donation campaign for the interest of the Hajj performers; this took place before the Mina Emergency Hospital in the Holy Sites.

In the meantime, the Supervisor-General of the Hajj and Umrah Health Services General Department, Dr. Hussein Abdullah Ghanam made clear that this campaign comes in implementation of our rulers' directives, may Allah protect them, and with the support and follow-up of his Excellency the Minister of Health, Dr. Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al-Rabeeah; in order to provide the best health services for the Hajj performers; and out of the principle of togetherness and interdependence; in line with our Islamic religion teachings.

He went on to add that the Ministry of Health (MOH) mounts this campaign for the first time in the Holy Sites, to the effect that it secured four vehicles acting as a mobile blood bank; in order to cover the area  of the Holy Sites.

They were equipped with air conditioners, two displaying screens, storage drawers, two rooms for medical examination, indicators, hemoglobin meters, a number of blood shakers, a fifty blood unit capacity refrigerator for saving blood, and a blood bag tube sealer.

Meanwhile, he made clear that the campaign attracted a huge turnout in terms of the MOH staff, security and traffic bodies, and civil society organizations participating in the Hajj season as the number of donors reached 150 ones, with women included. He also added that the amounts of the donated blood are sent at a regular basis to the Central Blood Bank in the Holy Capital.

Similarly, the Ministry of Health (MOH) recently launched four mobile blood bank vehicles as a first stage, and work on the second stage is underway to secure other blood bank units; in order to meet the needs of 24 central blood banks in all the Kingdom's regions and governorates.

They are also to be used for the blood donation campaigns in the commercial and sporting gatherings, universities, secondary schools, governmental and private bodies, and before mosques; in order to make it easier for blood donation seekers and increase the number of donors.

It is worth mentioning that during this year's Hajj season, the MOH has provided 16 thousand blood units and its derivatives of all various groups.

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