PDF collects 28,300 bags of blood

KARACHI: Three-day blood donation campaign by the Sindh Health Department in collaboration with Peoples Doctors Forum (PDF) ended with collection of 28,300 bags of blood.Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) announced to shift most of the donated blood to Army and a portion to the patients of Thalaseemia and Hemophelia.The yearly blood donation campaign from June 21 to 23 is set to mark the birthday of Shaheed Benazir Bhutto. The authorities set the target of 30,000 blood bags which missed by the number of 1,700 bags. President of PDF Dr Karim Khawaja addressing a press conference at Karachi Press Club on Tuesday said Chief Minister Sindh Qaim Ali Shahi was in contact with Army for shifting of blood bags, which would be conducted after the official’s decision. Former President and Co-Chairman of PPP Asif Ali Zardari termed the remarkable contribution of public in donation campaign as a refusal for the terrorist elements. Mega blood screening and blood transfusion events will be held on June 25 and 27 in Karachi, Badin, Sukkur and Nawabshah. The blood transfusion event in Karachi will be held at Karachi Expo Centre. After screening 28,300 blood samples we will get top on the Guinness Book of World Records in HIV screening of blood, said Dr Karim Khuwaja. The mega event of blood transfusion will also be a world record, he added. Six year back the campaign started from 6,700 blood donations, which has now reached to 28,300. The increasing number of donations has proved the donation campaign was achieving its objectives for sustaining lives, said Dr Karim.The health authorities established 40 blood donation camps in different parts of the province. Among them 10 camps have been established in metropolitan including the PPP Secretariat, Jinnah Hospital, Karachi Port Trust ground, Lyari Kakri ground and the Valika Bai Hospital in SITE area. 

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