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Sidon blood donation campaign attracts new donors

People donate blood at Sidon's Food Truck Park as part of blood donation campaign, April 29, 2019. (The Daily Star/ Mohammed Zaatari)

BEIRUT: Over 50 people in Sidon donated blood Monday as part of a campaign titled “Your Blood Will Give New Life.”

The campaign, organized by Hammoud University Hospital Medical Center NGO Donner Sang Compter, sought to raise awareness about blood donations. Tents were set up for donors at Sidon’s Food Truck Park, where organizers encouraged blood donations and tried to normalize the practice.

Mohammed al-Gamal, a doctor at Hammoud Hospital, stressed the importance of promoting blood donations.

“At Hammoud University Hospital, we need around 500 units of blood monthly, and we have to constantly carry out campaigns to secure blood for patients,” Gamal told The Daily Star.

An official from the campaign said the drive had managed to receive 55 units of blood from donors.

“My friend and I were eating here when I learned that there was a blood donation campaign happening, so I did it for the first time,” first-time donor Tariq Hallak said. Hallak added that he hopes to be able to donate in another six months’ time.

 

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