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Running dry, Erbil’s blood bank calls for donations

By Rudaw 22/6/2018
Erbil’s blood bank needs urgent donations. File photo: Rudaw
Erbil’s blood bank needs urgent donations. File photo: Rudaw
ERBIL, Kurdistan Region – Erbil’s blood bank is running dry as it is not receiving enough donations, the organization’s director said. 

The blood bank gives out about 40 percent of its stores freely to patients – largely those suffering from Thalassemia and cancer – and the injured, but their stocks are not being replenished with donations, according to Hawkar Yassin, head of blood donation campaigns at the directorate of Erbil’s blood bank. 

It is located on 100 Meter Road near Rizgari Hospital in Erbil.

The blood bank opened in 2013, and it receives more than 50,000 units of blood donated annually. It gives out 1,500 to 600 units monthly. 

Donated blood has a shelf life of six weeks, though some experts say that refrigerated blood begins to change even after three weeks. Older blood can be harmful to patients. 

Yassin said Erbil needs an urgent blood donation campaign to replenish supplies. 


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