x Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 25 July 2017

No greater feeling than to give gift of life, says UAE blood donor

A Dubai Government employee gives blood for first time in her life - and she hopes others will follow in her footsteps.

Hana Al Shamlan donated blood for the first time two months ago and would encourage others to follow in her footsteps.

The 32-year-old section manager for Dubai eGovernment, said there was no greater feeling than giving the gift of life. "I just wanted to help others," she said. "Giving something without asking for anything in return feels great.

"I think giving blood is a very nice and generous act and helps people, such as those suffering with thalassaemia, who are in desperate need. Giving anything, be it blood or any kind of charity, is good for the soul."

Ms Al Shamlan was inspired to give blood by her sister, Alia Al Shamlan, who is a regular donor, and did so at a blood drive held at her workplace.

To donate blood, guidelines state you must be in good health, aged between 17 and 65 and weigh more than 50 kilograms.

The Abu Dhabi Blood Bank is located in Khalidiyah and is open for donations from Sunday to Thursday between 7am and 9pm, and on Saturdays from 8am to 1pm, irrespective of public holidays.

A staff member is on duty after hours and the centre can be contacted at 02 8191700.

Dubai Health Authority's Blood Donation Centre is at Latifa Hospital on Oud Metha Road and can be contacted at 04 2193221.

jbell@thenational.ae