Explaining the registration procedure, Fatma Hussain Al Hashimi, head of the administration and education unit at DCRC, said: "This procedure is simple; the expectant mother needs to visit DCRC sufficiently in advance of her baby being due.
The cord blood units are transported immediately from hospitals to DCRC through 24 hours active transport system and the units are processed within 24-48 hrs.
She added that in 2013, at DCRC
, successfully preserved 326 units.
Overall 35 complaints have been addressed during the last two DCRC meetings including twenty complaints from Layyah, five from Rajanpur and ten (10) from Muzaffargarh.
The remaining complaints from Rajanpur, Layyah and Muzaffargarh would be addressed during May 19 meeting of DCRC while complaints from DG Khan districts would be decided on May 20, the DCRC chairman said.
also hopes to promote the concept of peer support as an indispensable component of helping individuals with mental health conditions work toward recovery.
Many women today opt for cord blood collection at the time of birth and DCRC
provides pregnant women and their families a guided tour of the centre and its facilities to engender their interest in preserving stem cells for their families or for the purpose of donation.
She said in 2013, DCRC
successfully preserved 326 units and while the numbers are increasing there is a need for ongoing awareness.
In 2012, since the establishment of the education department at the DCRC
, more than 700 units were collected, which was almost double the number of units collected in 2011.
Dr Fatma Al Hashemi, head of Education and Development Unit at the DCRC
, said in a media statement, "We have seen a steady increase in the awareness levels among the public about cord blood banking and this has directly attributed to an increase in the number of people who save their cord blood at our cord blood bank.
Given the life-saving benefits, the cost Dh9,000 at the DCRC
is a small amount to pay for storing the stem cells for 20 years," she said.
Head of Education and Development Unit at DCRC
Fatma Al Hashimi said: "Since the inception of this centre in 2006, we have seen a steady increase in the awareness levels among the public about cord blood banking and this has directly been attributed to an increase in the number of people who save their cord blood at our cord blood bank.