DHA urges rare blood type holders to donate

123RF

The Dubai Health Authority (DHA) is urging residents to donate blood, especially those with rare blood types.

Officials say blood lasts for only 42 days so they always need donors to help replenish the stocks.

People can donate blood every eight weeks, with each donation potentially saving up to three lives. 

Platelets, which can be donated up to 24 times a year, are also important to help cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy or those recovering from surgery and suffer from blood loss.

In 2018, the DHA’s Blood Donation Centre collected 50,456 blood units from 63,735 donors.

Only 0.6 per cent of the UAE population are AB negative, 1.8 per cent are B negative, 2.4 per cent are A negative and 4 per cent are O negative. 

Meanwhile, positive blood types are the most common and are found in 38.6 per cent of the population.

More from Local

Coming Up on Dubai Eye

  • The Sounds of Summer with Mark Lloyd

    12:00pm - 2:00pm

    Mark Lloyd wants to help you navigate places to explore across the UAE. There will also be LIVE interviews and features, continuing the conversation on the day’s biggest news stories. Plus we’ll be playing the biggest summer tracks.

  • Afternoons with Helen Farmer

    2:00pm - 5:00pm

    Every weekday afternoon, Helen Farmer will help you to navigate the highs and lows of life in the UAE. Stay up to date with what’s happening and where to go.

On Dubai Eye

Business Breakfast