"I try to donate blood myself every few months, and especially when the ADBB calls me for a donation.
The ADBB, which supplies blood to public and private hospitals in the emirate of Abu Dhabi, as well as to health care facilities in other emirates, also stressed that it would remain open till 2 am during Ramadan so that people could donate blood at their convenience.
Among the donors were 62 workers from the Al Jazeera International Catering, which was recently recognised by the ADBB
for its regular blood donation efforts.
The doctor added that any individual between the ages of 18 years and 65 years can donate blood at the ADBB
, provided they weigh above 50 kilograms and have no major illnesses such as cancer.
Units of donated blood, each consisting of 450 ml, are transferred from the ADBB to various hospitals across the emirate of Abu Dhabi for the treatment of patients with chronic diseases such as leukaemia and those with blood disorders like thalassaemia.
Dr Oumeziane said the ADBB had also organised an eight-hour blood collection drive following the call for more blood units in Dubai.
At present, we also need to build up on our stocks of O-positive blood," said Dr Naima Oumezian, medical head at the ADBB
Thompson and nine other jazz enthusiasts founded ADBB
in late 2007 because they wanted to introduce Big Band music to the capital.
Today, on World Blood Donor Day, an international event celebrated annually, an awareness booth will be set up by ADBB at the Marina Mall in Abu Dhabi from 4pm till 10pm where medical staff will perform free tests for haemoglobin, blood pressure, and blood type.
Eligible blood donors can donate blood three to four times a year safely," said Dr Naima Oumeziane, head of ADBB.