OBB demands sort A+ and B+ blood and platelets as early as feasible.
Donors can go to the bank from Saturday to Thursday (8am to 8pm) and Friday (3pm to 8pm) at its workplace in Bausher.
Speaking about the blood shortage, an official from the bank stated, “The bank urgently requires blood for the two types as there has been shortage in the last two days. Such situations are not common here.”
The official added that about 50 to 70 folks donate blood on a every day basis. “More than 5,000 units of blood are needed every month in Oman. This means that more people in the community need to come forward to support ailing people.”
An expatriate has to be in Oman for a duration of 12 months to donate blood.
Ayub Khan (name changed), an Indian expatriate who employed to donate blood till a couple of years back, stated, “Due to my company I require to travel to Mumbai numerous instances. So, I can’t donate blood.
“But the choice has been brought about to include blood-borne and contagious illnesses that may be carried from the donor’s nation of go to. The move has helped Oman avoid numerous illnesses that are prevalent in Asia or Africa.”
Khan added, “However, I think the period can be reduced to six months so that more people can donate blood.”
Information Source: Muscat Daily