Saudis urged to donate blood as pandemic hits stock levels worldwide

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Sun, 2022-02-06 00:22

JEDDAH: Health systems the world over have been stretched to their absolute limits by successive waves of COVID-19, which have resulted in crowded hospitals, delayed medical procedures, and doctors and nurses becoming exhausted and overstretched.

A secondary consequence of the global health emergency has been the depletion of blood stocks required for life-saving transfusions, use during surgeries, and to treat medical conditions such as anemia, cancer and blood disorders.

Prince Salman, as Governor of Riyadh, donates blood in the 1980s. (Supplied)
Health authorities are seeking to encourage more people to give blood. (Supplied)
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