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World Blood Donation Day Observed in Kabul

Publish Date: Jun 20, 2012
Source: http://moph.gov.af

Ministry of Public Health of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan on Tuesday observed “the World Blood Donor Day” to raise awareness on the need for safe blood and blood products and to thank voluntary unpaid blood donors who are assisting in saving the lives of their needy compatriots.

In the ceremony held in central blood bank, Public Health Minister Dr. Suraya Dalil, WHO representative Dr. Ahmad Shadoul, a number of people including some officials of Afghan Government donated blood to the bank.

The theme of the 2012 World Blood Donor Day campaign was “every blood donor is a hero” which focuses on the idea that every one of us can become a hero by giving blood.

There are many silent and unsung heroes who save lives every day through their blood donations in Afghanistan and the theme also strongly encourages more people throughout the country to donate blood voluntarily and regularly.

Speaking at the ceremony, Minister of Public Health Dr. Suraya Dalil said however the science and technology have been remarkably progressed in the world, but it couldn’t be able to discover or introduce any element instead of blood, so only donated blood of people can ensure safe life of the patients.

Blood donation is not harmful for the health, but it can be beneficial for the circulatory system and reduce the risk of heart diseases, Dr. Dalil added.

Donated blood is used in safe blood transfusions for women with pregnancy complications, severely anemic children suffering from malaria or malnutrition, accident victims bleeding profusely and several other surgical and cancer patients. People with blood disorders such as thalassemia, hemophilia and sickle cell disease need blood for regular transfusions and to make clothing factors.

Central Blood Bank of Afghanistan is a unique source which is ensuring safety Blood to the needy people and it has sub-departments in some provinces of the country and provides vital services to the patients.

According to figures of the Central Blood Bank, the number of volunteer Donors has been remarkably increasing in Afghanistan since 2002. During the last year including the provincial blood banks, totally 22,786 blood units were collected and transfused to the patients.

At same time the Minister of Public Health asked the further cooperation of the people with center blood bank by their blood donations, adding that the blood donating is very vital for treatment of the patients.

Likewise World Health Organization (WHO) representative to Afghanistan Dr. Ahmad Shadoul said that the observing of World Blood Donor Day is a good opportunity towards the collection of safety blood for needy patients.

He once again reiterated the WHO long-term commitments and continued cooperation with Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) saying,: “ I assure H. E. Dr. Suraya Dalil, Minister of Public Health that WHO is alongside of MoPH and support Afghanistan health sector to provide further and better health services in the country.

It is pertinent to mention, June 14th matches the birth of Karl Land Steiner who, for the first time, discovered Human Blood Group. He was appreciated for what he did and was awarded the Noble Prize. June 14th is nominated as the World Blood Donor Day to honor Karl Land Steiner.

jetzt kommentieren? 26. June 2012

Germany provides 31.3 Million Euro for hospitals in North Afghanistan

Dr. Suraya Dalil and the KfW development bank signed a contract for the funding of 31.3 Millionen Euro (around 43.2 Millionen USD) for construction and refurbishment work at hospitals and helath centers in the north east provinces of Afghanistan (Kunduz, Takhar, Badakhshan und Baghlan).

Through this contribution the German foreign exchange office doubled their donation spendings that were so far used for health projects in Afghanistan.

Program activities will comprise the construction, rehabilitation and expansion of existing facilities over a period of approximately 3 years. The program will cover hospitals and health centers including Kunduz Regional Hospital, Taluqan provincial hospital, Keshem district hospital, Baharak district hospital, district hospital of Pul-e-Khumri, Wardooj Comprehensive Health Center, and Galabator Basic Health Center.

At the signing ceremony, Her Excellency, Dr. Suraya Dalil, Minister of Public Health, stated this contribution is a remarkable input toward making the health care delivery accessible, efficient especially in those provinces. We thank the Government; people of Germany for this assistance. His Excellency Ambassador Rüdiger Koenig underlined the importance of health projects for improving the daily life of Afghan citizens and stated that the seven hospitals and clinics will be the visible proof of the long standing, strong friendship between the people of Afghanistan and Germany.

Together with other German support activities in the health sector, such as the rehabilitation of the Provincial Hospital of Balkh in Mazar-e Sharif, Feyzabad provincial hospital in Badakhshan and basic health projects throughout the Northeastern provinces of Afghanistan, the new program is to be seen as an essential contribution to improved living conditions for thousands of people in the Northern region of Afghanistan.

jetzt kommentieren? 07. January 2012

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