| Zee Yusri |
THE Ministry of Development (MoD), in collaboration with the Blood Donation Centre (BDC) of the Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Saleha (RIPAS) Hospital, yesterday held a blood donation drive from 9am to 11 am.
Held at the MoD Bertabur Hall, the drive received encouraging response from ministerial officials who had started quening up as early as 8am.
Rafiah, a ministerial official, noted that this was the 11th time she had participated in the drive organised by the ministry.
She is of the belief that such donation is necessary to assist patients in need of blood transfusions and at the same time demonstrates the donor’s concern for the community.
Rafiah also urged members of the public who are in good health to step forward and make a donation, explaining that the 10-15 minute process is relatively painless, even for first-timers.
Meanwhile, Mohd Khairul from the Survey Department, told the Bulletin that participating in the blood donation drive is a very positive way of giving back to the nation as it helps preserve the supply at the blood banks in the country.
The BDC revealed yesterday that it has two units – the Mobile Unit and In-House Unit – and that almost every day an offsite blood donation drive takes place in several areas (after appointments with the BDC are made). Parties keen on donating blood can therefore visit the BDC at RIPAS Hospital during office hours.
Donors must be at least 17 years old. If they fall below that, they will need to seek approval from parents or guardians.
Ideally, donors need to weigh 50kg and above and the amount of blood drawn will be 450ml. For those between 45kg and 49kg, only 300ml of blood will be drawn.
Additionally, the content of oxygen in the donors’ blood (haemoglobin) will be checked. It must stand at 12.5 and above.
Intending donors are also required to eat and get enough sleep before donating blood in order to be energised. They must also not be under any sort of recent medical treatment.