Muscat: Oman’s Ministry of Health has started a year-long blood donation campaign, Be Proactive, aimed at reaching out to youth to donate blood.
The Department of Blood Bank Services (DBBS), responsible for the blood-bank related services tweeted that the campaign focuses on motivating Omani youth to take initiative in this noble humanitarian exercise and spread the practice of blood donation.
The campaign was launched under the patronage of Sayyid Kamel bin Fahd Al Said, Assistant Secretary-General of the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister for Cabinet Affairs.
Due to the ongoing pandemic situation, the shortage of blood was felt at the hospitals and blood banks too were stretched to meet the requirement.
Blood contributed by a health person every three months, can help save the lives of twelve patients, with no adverse health consequence to the donor.
The new campaign aims to instil a culture of voluntary blood donation among younger generation. It also aims to spread the message of blood donation among all members of society who are fit and healthy.
There are a number of voluntary groups of interested blood donors in Oman who reach out to members at times of need.