Students donate blood for cancer patients 

peshawar   –   The Centre for Disaster Preparedness and Management (CDPM), University of Peshawar and Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital and Research Centre (SKMCH&RC) organisd a blood donation camp for the cancer patients of Shaukat Khanam Hospital.

Around 45-50 bags of blood were donated by the students in the camp which was inaugurated by Director CDPM Prof Dr Zulfiqar Ali, accompanied by SKMCH&RC Medical Oncologist Dr Asad Ali Shah, Assistant Manager Ms Najmul Sahar, Deputy Manager Fundraising Asad Ali and faculty members and students of the CDPM. Speaking on the occasion, the Director CDPM Dr Zaulfiqar Ali said that blood donation is a selfless act that helps save lives. It is one of the most positive ways to help someone in need. By donating blood, you are donating an irreplaceable gift that will save someone’s life.

He said that in Islam, saving human life and helping others in times of miseries is always recommended and highly valued. He quoted the verse of Surat Al-Maeda and said that Allah tell us, “Whosoever saves a human life saves the life of the whole mankind.” He encouraged the students and faculty to donate blood to the neediest patients in any hospital.

SKMCH&RC Medical Oncologist Dr Asad Ali Shah said that Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital is recognised for providing state-of-the-art treatment to cancer patients irrespective of their paying ability. In addition to the complex diagnostic and treatment procedures, cancer patients frequently need blood transfusions; the major source of which is healthy volunteer donors. During the course of treatment, cancer patients need frequent blood transfusion.

At SKMCH&RC Peshawar, the average requirement of blood or blood components is up to 50 units per day. To fulfil this requirement, the hospital has created a blood collection mechanism through camps at different colleges, universities and corporate organisations. Blood collection camps are organised on a routine basis under the supervision of qualified doctors with the help of trained staff.

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