Posted on June 15, 2015

Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) today organized its annual blood donor appreciation event to honor more than 400 individuals, companies and communities who have supported its Blood Donor Center within the past year. The event, organized at St Regis Hotel under the patronage of Minister of Public Health, HE Abdullah bin Khalid Al Qahtani, coincides with Word Blood Donor Day (WBDD), which is observed worldwide on 16 June. This year, WBDD is being marked under the theme: "Thank You for Saving My life."

Ms. Siddiqa Al-Mahmoudi, Medical Manager of the Blood Donor Center, said hundreds of donors including platelets and plasma donors have been recognized at the event. Also recognized at the event were official sponsors of HMC’s WBDD recognition event, including: Qatar Chemical Company (platinum sponsor); Al-Fardan Holding Group and Qatar Gas (gold sponsors); Qatar Electricity and Water Company, Qatar Steel Company, Al Darwish United Company and Qatar Petrochemical Company (silver sponsors).

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Ms. Al-Mahmoudi noted that HMC has again met 100% blood sufficiency for the fifth consecutive year and that the Corporation is receiving the largest voluntary blood donation in the region. “The innovative blood donation awareness programs we have initiated at HMC are keeping us on top of voluntary blood donation in the region. We will continue to play a vital role in nurturing the culture of blood donation in the community in order to keep enriching our strategic stock in the Blood Donor Center and to continue meeting the needs for blood and blood products by all the hospitals and medical facilities in Qatar,” explained Ms. Al- Mahmoudi.

She also praised HMC's Department of Laboratory and Pathology Medicine for its pivotal role in promoting blood transfusion services in Qatar.