| Rokiah Mahmud |
THE Postal Services Department yesterday conducted a blood donation campaign which took place at the lobby area of the Mail Processing Centre in Berakas.
The campaign was one of the line-up activities in commemorating the World Postal Day and aimed to provide opportunity for the department’s staff and members of the public to participate in the blood donation drive.
In addition, the campaign also aimed to fulfil the department’s social obligation to the community in providing assistance for those who are in need of blood.
According to the Blood Donation Centre Supervisor, Awang Haji Iqmal bin Haji Ismail, it is estimated that the Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Saleha (RIPAS) Hospital uses 30 to 45 pints of blood daily to treat leukaemia and thalassemia patients, for operations, emergency treatments and many more.
“Sometimes we also deliver the blood to hospitals in other districts if their stock is not enough and if they require blood for immediate treatments,” he added.
“Therefore, in order to ensure the sufficency of blood, the centre welcomes organisations and individuals to come to the donation centre for a good cause.” He noted that one pint of blood can save three people, so to sustain stock the centre is constantly urging the public to donate blood.
Donors must go through a health screening before they are eligible to donate blood. This is important to know their health status such as weight and the amount of haemoglobin in the body. Once they pass the screening test and considered fit, they are then allowed to make the donation.
The eligible age for blood donation starts at 17 years (with consent of the parents’) and the donor must weigh more than 45 kilogrammes.
Those who want to donate their blood are welcome to drop by at The Blood Bank Centre, at RIPAS Hospital.