Sindh Governor Imran Ismail blood donation
Sindh Governor Imran Ismail speaks to the media on the importance of donating blood to save lives. Image Credit: Supplied

Karachi: The historical Sindh Governor House in Karachi has hosted a blood donation camp in view of the shortage of blood due to COVID-19 emergency being faced by patients whose survival depends on regular blood transfusion.

The Governor House collaborated with Indus Hospital - the biggest charitable hospital in Karachi - to conduct the voluntary blood donation drive. Officials, staff members of the Governor House, lawmakers and other prominent people took part in the drive.

The Blood Centre of the Indus Hospital has been collaborating with other like-minded institutions as well to conduct such drives in view of the shortage of blood available with the healthcare facilities, especially those treating life-threatening blood disorders during the ongoing coronavirus health emergency.

The drive was organised while observing precautions against the spread of coronavirus and internationally accepted practices to donate blood.

The spokesman for Sindh Governor House said the blood donation drive was organised in view of the delay of blood transfusion due to COVID-19 emergency causing serious issues for the patients of various blood disorders, including sickle cell anaemia, leukaemia and thalassaemia.

While talking to media persons on the occasion, Sindh Governor Imran Ismail said that transfusion of blood and blood products helped save millions of lives. It can help improve life expectancy and the quality of lives of patients suffering from life-threatening conditions and also support complex surgical procedures.

“The aim and objective of holding the blood donation camp is to draw attention to the role that voluntary donation systems play in encouraging people to care for one another and generate social ties. It also highlights the fundamental human values of respect, empathy and kindness which underline and sustain voluntary blood donation systems,” said the governor.

The team of Indus Hospital’s doctors who supervised the activity expressed satisfaction that due safety procedures were adopted to conduct the blood drive to prevent the spread of the infectious diseases.