Monday, 8 Mar 2021
The Ministry of Health (MoH), represented by the Blood Banks Services Department, held an event to introduce nucleic acid test (NAT) technique.

MoH launches safer blood screening method NAT

The occasion was held at Crowne Plaza Muscat on Monday below the patronage of H E Dr Mohammed bin Saif al Hosni, Undersecretary for Health Affairs.

NAT is a molecular method for screening blood donations to decrease the threat of transfusion transmitted infections (TTIs) in the recipients, therefore supplying an further layer of blood security.

Dr Zainab al Arimi, director of Blood Banks Services Department, stated MoH has produced continuous efforts to offer secure blood by implementing a quantity of methods like stopping import of blood and relying completely on the generosity of folks in the sultanate. She stated NAT aids detect hepatitis B and C, as nicely as human immunodeficiency viruses.

Dr Zainab also stated that the introduction of the new method had faced several challenges in terms of provision of economic sources, establishing the suitable location at the Central Blood Bank and the procedure of transporting samples from blood banks and connecting them electronically. Royal Air Force of Oman aids in transfering samples from the Sultan Qaboos Hospital in Salalah, Masirah and Dibba hospitals frequently.

“So far, we have been able to test 47,000 blood samples, collected at the 12 blood banks, using the technique,” she stated.

Information Source: Muscat Daily

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