Pakistan faces blood donation ratio below one percent of total population

Pakistan is among the seventy seven countries that faces blood donation ratio below one percent of its total population as the country annually lacks shortage of around 1,400,000 blood units against the demand of around 3,200,000 units to save lives of thousands of the people.

These views were shared at a National Blood Donor Award Ceremony organized by Pakistan Red Crescent Society here on Wednesday.

Addressing the participants of the National Blood Awards Ceremony PRCS Chairman Dr Saeed Elahi said as per international standards if one to three percent of any country’s population donates blood, it would be sufficient to meet country’s requirement of blood transfusion. He said there are only 62 states that have got 100 percent blood donations from volunteers, adding the donations made by the professional donors or patients’ relatives were comparatively unsafe.  He said that the aim of the ceremony is to acknowledge the great spirit of these donors who donated the blood to save the lives of others and raise awareness of the need for safe blood and blood products and to thank voluntary unpaid blood donors for their life-saving gifts of blood.

Former Surgeon General Lt Gen (Retd) Mustafa Kamal Akbar, who has the distinction of donating blood for more than 123 times, told the gathering that contrary to below one percent in Pakistan, blood donors in Iran comprise almost 2.5 percent of its population

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PRCS sets up medical camp for Sikh Pilgrims

Volunteers of Pakistan Red Crescent Society transporting the body of a sikh pilgrim from Gurdwara to Wagha Border. The pilgrim dies of cardic arrest during the festivities of Baba Guru Nanak Birth Anniversary

Volunteers of Pakistan Red Crescent Society transporting the body of a sikh pilgrim from Gurdwara to Wagha Border. The pilgrim dies of cardic arrest during the festivities of Baba Guru Nanak Birth Anniversary

The Pakistan Red Crescent Society has set up a medical camp for the visiting Sikh pilgrims participate in the festivities in connection with Baba Guru Nanak’s birth anniversary.

PRCS Chairman Dr Saeed Elahi has directed the officials to deploy two teams of professional doctors with ambulances and medicines to facilitate the visiting pilgrims.

Elahi said that the visiting pilgrims are our guests and Red Crescent is serving the humanity without caste, creed and religion. He directed the teams of the doctors to serve the pilgrims with full commitment and dedication and spare no efforts in provision of the medical care to the pilgrims.

PRCS Secretary General Dr Mahboob Sardar on the occasion said that PRCS volunteers and first aiders will also accompany the medical teams and the medical camp will remain functional till the conclusion of the festivities.

He said that the camp was set up in coordination with Evacuee Trust Property Board Chairman Siddiqul Farooq, Punjab Parliamentary Secretary Information Rana Muhammad Arshad and MPA Ramesh Sing Arora.

President lauds PRCS services for flood affectees

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President Mamnoon Hussain lauded the humanitarian services rendered by Pakistan Red Crescent Society (PRCS) over the decades in times of natural calamities and any other emergency. The President said that the emerging challenges and increasing frequency and severity of natural disasters in the recent past have further increased the importance of the role of PRCS.

The President said this after being briefed on the relief efforts of PRCS for Temporarily Displaced Persons (TDPs) of North Waziristan Agency (NWA) in the wake of military operation Zarb-e-Azb and for affectees from recent floods and torrential rains by Chairman PRCS Dr. Saeed Elahi at Aiwan-i-Sadr.

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Every PU student to be enrolled as Red Crescent volunteer

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The University of Punjab and Pakistan Red Crescent Society (PRCS) on Monday signed an agreement to develop a volunteer force from the university students.

Under the accord, over 35,000 students and staff of the university would be enrolled as volunteers, enabling them to work in a state of natural disaster or human tragedy. The students will be asked to give their consent to work as volunteers at time of their enrolment with the university.

It was also decided that the University of Punjab will include `volunteerism’ as a subject in the syllabus of graduate programmes.

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