South Indian group organizes blood donation campaign for Haj pilgrims
Tamil Muslim Munnetra Kazhagam (TMMK), a voluntary social services organization of South Indians, in collaboration with King Fahd Hospital, Dammam, organized a blood donation camp for Haj pilgrims in Akrabiya, Alkhobar, on Friday.
Ahmed Imthias, TMMK, member said: “Haj pilgrims will be the main beneficiaries of the blood donation camp organized in collaboration with King Fahd hospital of the Dammam University.”
The camp was sixth in the series of the campaign for blood donation, he added.
He said that a huge number of donors participated enthusiastically in the noble act of donating blood to save human lives during the once in a lifetime pilgrimage.
“The day-long camp attracted 180 people who donated 120 units of blood to the King Fahd hospital,” he added.
When asked if the group plans to continue the blood donation campaign in other parts of the Kingdom, Imthias said: “We joined King Fahd Hospital mainly to stock up for the needy patients during the Haj this year, but we wish to continue in the larger interest of the public as blood is urgently needed on many occasions.”
Commenting on the process, he observed that donors have to fulfill certain criteria before they can donate blood like sharing their medical history.
He further said that the collected blood is tested for different types of diseases as a precautionary measure and then stored in the blood bank for future use.
He said that the TMMK has received acknowledgements from governments and various NGOs in India and Gulf countries for their involvement in humanitarian activities and working for the downtrodden communities.