RIYADH – The Ministry of Health in the Riyadh region has honored an outstanding expatriate social service organization for donating blood for patients in the Saudi capital, Riyadh. The King Saud Medical City (Sumeishi) in Riyadh, which functions under the Ministry of Health recognized Tamil Nadu Thowheed Jamaath (TNTJ) Riyadh Chapter for giving outstanding support for blood donation.
The voluntary organization has conducted several blood donation camps and emergency blood donation campaigns in the Saudi capital regularly from past years for the Haj, Umrah pilgrims, Indian Independence day, Republic day, Saudi Arabia National day.
“So far, we have donated thousands of units of blood for the past 12 years,” Ahmed, Blood Donation Campaign Coordinator of the TNTJ added.
In last year alone, more than 1517 blood donors participated in our blood camping drive and altogether 1321 units of blood were donated. The camp got a wide response from the donors in which people from Tamil Nadu and neighboring states came out in droves to donate in the Ministry of Health recognized hospitals in Riyadh.
“We are doing this service for the sake of Almighty Allah and we are happy that the Kind Saud Medical city has appreciated our service on many occasions,” the official noted. This certificate of appreciation was received by Tamil Nadu Thowheed Jamaath (TNTJ) Riyadh Chapter office bearers.
Recently, KSMC blood bank chief Dr. Ibrahim Al Deaile commended the TNTJ as the only organization in the Riyadh region, which has donated the highest volume of blood by a single group and thanked TNTJ organizers for organizing such kind of noble work continuously.
During the campaign, each donor underwent tests for high or low blood pressure, glucose and hemoglobin count prior to the donation to ensure that each donor was healthy. The checks also included scanning for communicable diseases.
The Ministry of Health does not import blood. Rather, all needed blood is collected from residents and citizens of the Kingdom who make voluntary donations.