Oman enters the Guinness World Records with 5,555 blood donations in eight hours as part of a national initiative.
Dr. Khalid al Balushi, a member of the Fellowship Fund for Employees in the Ministry of Health (MoH) Muscat and head of the National Blood Donation Initiative, said, “The initiative succeeded in getting 5,555 people to donate blood. This is the second MoH initiative that has entered the Guinness World Records.
“In 2016, the Fellowship Fund for Employees in MoH Muscat set a new world record for the most people blowing out candles simultaneously at Qurm amphitheater with 1,717 people taking part. It broke the previous record of 841 that was achieved in China in 2015.”
Dr. Balushi added that planning for the blood donation initiative began four months ago. “The blood donation was held from 9 am to 5 pm on Tuesday. People donated blood in nine governorates, including Muscat (Blood Donation Services Department and Oman Convention & Exhibition Centre), Dhofar (Sultan Qaboos Youth, Culture and Entertainment Compound) and Dakhliyah (Nizwa Cultural Centre).
“Additionally, the drive was conducted in South Batinah (Omani Women’s Association), North Batinah (Sohar Hospital), Buraimi (Buraimi University College), Dhahirah (Ibri College of Applied Sciences), North Sharqiyah (Ibra College of Technology) and South Sharqiyah (Youth Development Centre, Sur).
He said that this blood will benefit more than 15,000 patients and this initiative will be repeated every six months to raise awareness about the importance of blood donation.
Source Credit: Muscat Daily