Ahead of the New Year, a blood donation drive was held at the premises of Pakistan Association Dubai attracting over 150 people of various nationalities. Organized by the Medical Wing of the Association, the drive saw eight clubs come together to give blood to Dubai Blood Donation Centre.
The drive was to create awareness amongst members of the community on the importance of donating blood and encouraging them that how one individual’s unit of blood can make a world of difference in the life of a person who is in need.
Dr Nighat Aftab, President of Medical Wing said “Donating blood saves lives and it is our responsibility to take the opportunity of the donation drive and give back to the community”.
“New Year is the time when people are busy and blood banks fall short of blood; but that doesn’t mean those in need should be ignored. Our motive is to gather people from all walks of life and all nationalities on one platform to serve a common human interest” added Dr Aftab who is a gynecologist at Latifa Hospital.
The set up was efficiently done as the donors were scanned for any infectious diseases through their Emirates ID card. An orderly screening was carried out before any individual extended their arm for donating blood.
“As we move from the Year of Giving towards the Year of Zayed, our commitment towards community service is stronger than ever. Our vision for the not-for-profit Pakistan Medical Centre is to serve people of all nationalities with state-of-the-art health services,” said Dr Faisal Ikram, President of PAD.
He also added that the support of the Community Development Authority (CDA) of Dubai throughout all the activities has been tremendous giving them confidence at every step.
The activity began at 2 in the afternoon and continued until 8 in the evening attracting donors from all emirates of U.A.E. Senior officials from CDA were also present at the venue.
Every last Friday of the month, the Medical Wing of Pakistan Association Dubai holds a free medical camp for community members where unrelenting support is being given to them.