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Blood banks to be linked electronically.

RIYADH: ARAB NEWSThe Ministry of Health will link Saudi blood banks electronically next month to improve communication with hospitals and other medical facilities across the country, local media reported quoting an expert.

Said Al-Amoudi, general supervisor of laboratories and blood banks at the Jeddah health department and a hematology consultant, said the ministry is currently finalizing the "e-link" project.

The project would help identify stocks of blood in health units across the Kingdom and eliminate errors that occur during blood transfusions, he said. The project would also help register the findings of blood tests and automatically transfer them to the designated center, he said.

Blood bank directors would be able to locate stocks of rare blood groups within the province or other regional blood banks. Al-Amoudi said blood banks in Jeddah are currently experiencing an acute shortage of O- type blood, which is rare globally, with only eight bottles in storage. He said they plan to launch a blood donation campaign on Thursday.

He said the Health Ministry has 152 blood banks, including 24 central banks used to carry out tests on samples from blood donors for sexual and other infectious and hereditary diseases. This includes HIV, syphilis, hepatitis and malaria. He said 98 percent of donors are male.

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Date:Dec 19, 2013
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