| Zee Yusri |
“HONESTLY, it was a bit painful when the needle was pierced into the vein, but seconds later I felt relieved and very relaxed,” Nurul Amirah Nabilah, a first-time donor who participated in a blood donation drive held at the Student Centre of Pusat Tingkatan Enam Meragang (PTEM) yesterday, shared her experience.
The blood donation drive was organised by the Blood Donation Centre (BDC) of the Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Saleha (RIPAS) Hospital, in collaboration with PTEM.
The drive which was held in the morning and in the afternoon, elicited positive response from the students as they lined up for donating blood as early as 8am.
Nurul Amirah Nabilah said she was a bit scared and apprehensive prior to donating blood. She gathered her courage as her friends were also there to donate blood.
She said she would like to donate blood again to help save human lives.
Another student of PTEM, Louay Syaddie Haddag, also a first-time blood donor, said the drive is a blessing for patients who are in need of blood transfusion.
“Donating blood is a way of showing concern towards the community,” he said.
He advised members of the public who are physically healthy to donate their blood as it is not a painful procedure and only takes 10-15 minutes of their time.
The Blood Donation Centre has two units – a mobile unit and an in-house unit – and off-site blood donation drives are held almost every day at different venues.
Another blood donation drive will be held this Saturday at Pusat Tingkatan Enam, Bukit Beruang, Tutong.
Those who would like to donate blood at Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Saleha (RIPAS) Hospital are advised to visit the BDC at RIPAS Hospital during office hours.
A health officer from BDC recommends that members of the public who wish to donate blood must be aged 17 years and above, and if a person is aged below 17 years, they need to seek permission from their parents or guardians.
Donors also need to have an ideal weight of 50kg and above, and the amount of blood taken from them will be 450ml.
Donors weighing 45kg to 49kg can still donate but the amount of blood taken will be only 300ml.
Before donating blood, the donors will be examined to check the content of oxygen in the blood (haemoglobin) which must be at 12.5 g/dl (grammes per decilitre) and above. They are also required to eat in advance in order to be energised before donating blood.
They must have good health, having enough sleep and should not be under any sort of medical treatment.
After donating blood, the donors are encouraged to relax.
They should also avoid doing exhausting activities and are recommended to drink a lot of water. However, if they wish to donate blood again, they can do it only after two or three months.
Members of the public, especially the associations, organisations, NGOs, the departments and schools as well as higher institutions who wish to coordinate a blood donation campaign can visit BDC at any time.