Peshawar: The Centre for Disaster Preparedness and Management (CDPM), University of Peshawar and Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital and Research Centre (SKMCH&RC) conducted a one-day blood donation camp for the cancer patients of Shaukat Khanam Hospital.
The camp started at 09:00 am and ended at 4.30 pm. Around 45-50 bags of blood were donated by the students in the blood donation camp. The camp was inaugurated by Director CDPM Prof. Dr Zulfiqar Ali. He was accompanied by SKMCH&RC Medical Oncologist Dr Asad Ali Shah, Assistant Manager Ms Najmul Sahar, Deputy Manager Fundraising Mr Asad Ali and faculty members and students of the CDPM.
Addressing the audience at the opening ceremony of the Blood Donation Camp, the Director of 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. It shows that you care, and you’ll feel great knowing that you are helping to save lives.
The Director added that in Islam, saving human life and helping others in times of misery is always recommended and highly valued. He quoted the verse of Surat ul Maeda and said that Allah tells 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 OncologDr Dr Asad Ali Shah said that Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital and Research Centre is recognized for providing state-of-the-art treatment to cancer patients irrespective of their playing 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 treatment, cancer patients need a frequent blood transfusions.
The families of the patients usually exhaust their blood donors and depend on the HospitalBloodd Bank. Moreover, patients coming from far off areas find it difficult to bring their donors to the Hospital. So to continue the treatment and ensure its effectiveness, we have to arrange blood for such patients for which we depend on volunteer donors. At SKMCH&RC Peshawar, the average requirement of blood or blood components is up to 50 units per day. To fulfil tfulfiluirement, the Hospital has created a blood collection mechanism through camps at different colleges, universities and corporate organizations.
These blood collection camps are organized on a routine basis under the supervision of qualified doctors with the help of trained staff. At every camp, the Hospital makes sure the presence of a pathologist and a doctor. A uniqueness of SKMCH&RC blood collection camps is providing free blood tests facility to the donor. These tests include blood grouping, CBC, LFTs, HIV, Malaria and Hepatitis B&C. All blood donors are provided with an appreciation certificate and reports of tests within one week of donation.”
Ms. Najmul Saher, AssiMsnt Manager SKMCH&RC said that Shaukat Khanum has launched a Student Ambassador Programme that offers great opportunities for students to represent the mission of Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital and Research Centre in their respective colleges or institutes located all across Pakistan and the world.
The Shaukat Khanum Student Ambassadors act as a liaison between the Hospital and their educational institutes and get hands-on marketing experience to develop their leadership and interpersonal skills. She encouraged the students to join the Shaukat Khanum Student Ambassadors programme and help the hospital in the treatment of cancer patients
Mr.Asad Ali, Deputy Mana of ger Fundraising at Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital and Research Centre Peshawar also attended the camp. He said that Shaukat Khanum provides free treatment to needy cancer patients and appealed to the nation to donate to Shaukat Khanam so the hospital continues its services to the cancer patients.
The activity was coordinated, supervised and facilitated by CDPM Assistant Professor Dr Drhtaq Ahmad Jan and Lecturer Dr Shandana Asfandyar. Both the faculty members also donated blood to the camp.