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Yet another plea for blood donation – Please, donate your blood

Posted on: Januari 15, 2010

Assalamualaikum, yes I know. This is the third post that I wrote for the blood donation campaign. Some might even wonder, “Why on earth do this fellow so obsessed with the blood donation? Is he a vampire or what?” (The fact that I have prominent canines might somehow trigger them to speculate though. LoL, just kidding). Ok, now let’s go back to the serious matter.

The truth is, some of our hospitals are running out of supply in their blood bank. This is not good. Imagine what would happen if all the sudden our country were struck with major disaster. Or even without such disaster, I am pretty sure there will always be the need for blood transfusion – for example in mother who developed post-partum haemorrhage or those who were involved in the road traffic accidents and suffered massive blood loss. What about those patients that had to undergo major surgery? Imagine if you are that person or even your loved ones. Would you ignore this plea and risk their life?

So, please, donate your blood to the blood bank nearby today. [and please, don’t ‘donate your blood to the mosquitoes. You will risk yourself dengue fever. But that will be another campaign to talk about.]

Hospitals face blood shortage

KUALA LUMPUR: Several government and private hospitals face a shortage in blood supply because of discouraging donor response.

Pantai Kuala Lumpur Hospital only has stock of 15 pints a day and has to be supplied by the National Blood Centre if there is an emergency for surgeries and births.

On Jan 13, the hospital needed more than 20 pints of blood and had to seek the assistance of the National Blood Centre to make up for a shortfall.

Hospital researcher, Lim Yen Yen, said although the hospital organised blood donation drives response has been poor.

“We had a 30% response compared to our 70% target for our blood donation programmes at weekends and on selected days. Usually the donors are hospital visitors,” she said.

Serdang Hospital’s blood bank transfusion laboratory officer, Ruzaina Ariffin, said the supply at the hospital was limited.

She said blood was mostly needed for heart patients.

“We get blood from the National Blood Centre which cooperates well with us to ensure supply,” she said.

Tengku Ampuan Rahimah Hospital’s medical laboratory technology officer, Noor Azura Ismail, said the hospital needed 1,000 pints of blood a month but only had 600 pints now.

She said the hospital had mobilised its own mobile blood unit to get donations.

To increase its blood stock, the National Blood Centre with the cooperation of various quarters will have a blood donation campaign at various locations from Jan 18-24.

On Jan 18, its mobile units will be at the Home Ministry office at Blok Pasifik Wisma Rampai, Taman Sri Rampai, Setapak; Pusat Perubatan Taman Desa, Jalan Desa, off Old Klang Road; Bina Goodyear Bhd, Precint 5, Putrajaya; the Legend Hotel, Jalan Putra; and the Concorde Hotel, Jalan Sultan Ismail.

On Jan 19 at Terminal AMC KLIA Sepang and Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman (UTAR), Setapak.

On Jan 20 the units will be at Bursa Malaysia Bhd, Bukit Kewangan; Institute Latihan Perindustrian, Jalan Kuchai Lama; UTAR Sungai Long, Kajang; Malaysia Airport Holdings Berhad, Corporate Headquarters, Persiaran Korporat, KLIA.

On Jan 21 at Sungai Buloh Hospital; MMC Corporation Bhd, Jalan Sultan Ismail; Segi Training College, Sri Kembangan; Unit Pertahanan Nasional Malaysia and Institut Profesional Baitulmal, Jalan Kg.Pandan. On Jan 22 at Bolton Bhd, Campbell Complex, Jalan Dang Wangi.

On Jan 23, the mobile units will be at Jusco Cheras Selatan; Jusco Taman Maluri; Kolej Teknologi Makmal Perubatan, Jalan Pahang; TSA Industries Sdn Bhd, Balakong; KPJ Damansara Specialist Hospital; and Kelab Unity Ampang, Tanah Cheras Indah.

On Jan 24 at Dewan Serbaguna Salak Selatan and Lucky Plaza.

People can also donate blood at the National Blood Centre in Jalan Tun Razak (next to the National Library) on the following days and times: Monday-Wednesday (7.30am-5.30pm); Thursday and Friday (7.30am-8pm) and Saturday (7.30am-4pm). — Bernama

Source: The Star Online, Jan 15th, 2010


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