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Year : 2010  |  Volume : 4  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 34-40

Development of blood transfusion service in Sultanate of Oman


Institute of Health Sciences and Department of Blood Services, Ministry of Health, Muscat, Oman

Correspondence Address:
Sanmukh R Joshi
Institute of Health Sciences, PO Box 3720, Ruwi Code 112, Muscat
Oman
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/0973-6247.59390

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Background: Sultanate of Oman is geographically situated in south-west of Asia, having common borders on western side by the land with United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia and Yemen and with the Arabian Sea and the Gulf of Oman in the east and the north respectively. The country enjoys one of the best health care facilities including blood transfusion services in the region. Study design: Information was collected through informal personal interviews, digging out the past records, and the report presentations at various forums. Results: A modest start by providing blood units through import, the country is now self-reliant on procuring blood units from voluntary non-remunerate blood donors within the sultanate. A steady growth of blood banks is witnessed in every aspect of blood banking including blood collection, blood processing and supply. Various modalities are adapted in promoting voluntary blood donation programme. Conclusion: Sultanate of Oman has created one of the best blood transfusion services in the region in providing safe blood for transfusion through voluntary donation, a use of blood components and irradiating blood products.


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