PIMS organises seminar on safe blood transfusion

ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS) on Wednesday arranged a seminar in connection with 'World Blood Donor Day', which is to be observed on June 14.Speaking on the occasion, Capital Administration and Development Division (CADD) Secretary Faridullah Khan said that the need for blood transfusion may arise at any time in both the urban and rural areas. He said that an adequate and reliable supply of safe blood can be assured by a stable base of regular, voluntary, unpaid blood donors. Regular, voluntary, unpaid blood donors are also the safest group of donors as the prevalence of blood-borne infections is lowest among these donors, he said. Islamabad Blood Transfusion Authority Chairman Hasan Abbas Zaheer said that the focus of this year's 'World Blood Donor Day campaign is 'Safe blood for saving mothers'. Every day, about 800 women die from pregnancy or childbirth-related complications.He said that severe bleeding during delivery and after childbirth is a major cause of mortality, morbidity, and long-term disability. The goal of the campaign is to increase awareness about why timely access to safe blood and blood products is essential as part of a comprehensive approach to prevent maternal deaths, he added. Hasan added that the transfusion of blood and blood products helps save millions of lives every year. It 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 the blood transfusion saves lives and improves health, but many patients requiring transfusion do not have timely access to safe blood. Providing safe and adequate blood should be an integral part of every country's national health care policy and infrastructure, he noted.Shaheed Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto Medical University Vice Chancellor Rana Javed Akram said that WHO recommends that all the activities related to blood collection, testing, processing, storage, and distribution should be coordinated at the national level through effective organisations and a national blood policy.

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