Rector Ünal: We Should Make Blood Donation a Lifestyle
07 November 2023, Tuesday - 18:22
Updated: 16 November 2023, Thursday - 18:23
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Ondokuz Mayıs University (OMU) Health Application and Research Centre has launched a blood donation campaign to meet the increasing need for blood.

At the centre, staff members at the blood donation stands are encouraging citizens to donate blood by distributing informative brochures highlighting the importance and benefits of blood donation.

OMU Rector Yavuz Ünal stated that the campaign aims to meet the blood needs of patients treated at the university hospital.

“I hope that this initiative of OMU will set an example for other institutions”

Highlighting the constant need for blood due to severe cases treated at OMU, Ünal added, "Our treatments often rely on blood support from the Turkish Red Crescent. However, it's equally important to create our own source to collect and store blood independently. Instilling an awareness of blood donation, particularly among students who have recently joined OMU, is crucial. Blood donation not only helps those in need but also brings satisfaction to donors."

Stating that people should make blood donation a lifestyle, Ünal said, "I hope that this work of OMU will set an example for other institutions."

Prof. Dr. Canan Albayrak, Head of the Department of Hematology and Blood Bank Supervisor at OMU, noted that blood stocks can rapidly deplete depending on emergent cases. She emphasized the significance of regular blood donation: "Regular donors should take pride in their contribution and mention it openly. For instance, stating 'I am a medical faculty student and a regular blood donor' creates a positive impression in society. These individuals demonstrate their sensitivity to others, philanthropy, and personal health. They take care of themselves to be fit for blood donation, which includes avoiding unnecessary medications. They are welcome to donate at the Red Crescent or our bank. Regular screening for infectious diseases like hepatitis B, hepatitis C, and AIDS ensures that they are healthy and safe to donate."

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