Afghanistan marked Blood Donation Day. According to the director of the Central Blood Bank of Afghanistan – Mohammad Nasser Sadiq’s estimate of 88,536 blood tests, 126,876 persons received blood.
More blood donors are needed to save lives, according to Ahmad Sir Pasoon, Director-general of therapeutic medicine. A group of blood donors at the Central Blood Bank are pleading with their fellow donors to help those in need of transfusions.
Ahmed Nisar, a blood donor, believes that all individuals have a moral obligation to help those in need. Everyone will benefit: “It’s beneficial for them and for us,” Muska – a patient in need of a blood transfusion said.
Five new blood banks will be set up by the Ministry of Public Health in order to meet the increasing demand for blood transfusions. Dr. Baz Mohammad Shirzad says that blood donation is good because “the body’s hematopoietic organs are disciplined after donating blood.”
At least five blood banks are expected to be built across the country by the end of the year, according to a representative from that ministry. Blood can’t be flown from the national bank to the rest of the country because there aren’t any air facilities.
With the help of the WHO, the Ministry of Health will be able to build blood donation centres. A WHO ambassador has encouraged the Ministry of Health to launch blood donation programs.