| Zee Yusri |
THE Royal Brunei Police Force (RBPF) in collaboration with the Blood Donation Centre (BDC), Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Saleha (RIPAS) Hospital, Ministry of Health yesterday conducted a blood donation drive at the Police Training Centre’s multi-purpose hall, RBPF Headquarters in Gadong.
The drive, which was held throughout the day, received very encouraging response from the RBPF officers and cadets as they lined up to donate blood as early as 8am.
One officer, W-CPL 4191 Fatimah Mohamad, mentioned that yesterday marked the seventh time that she had taken part in a blood donation drive organised by the RBPF.
This is because she believes that such a donation is very useful for patients who are in need of blood transfusions and shows the donors’ concern for the community.
She also urged members of the public who are in good health to donate blood as it is a relatively painless process, even for first-time donors, and in fact, it takes about only 10 to 15 minutes.
Meanwhile, ASP Mariyani Abdul Wahab, in her capacity as the Secretary of the 40th Anniversary Celebration of Women in Policing, told the Bulletin that yesterday’s blood donation drive was the first to be held in conjunction with the 40th Anniversary of Women in Policing.
“We aim to give back to the community,” she said.
“We felt the need to contribute and help those in need… at the same time, we also aim to create awareness.”
BDC also revealed yesterday that they have 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).
Therefore, those interested in donating blood can visit the BDC at RIPAS Hospital during office hours.
BDC informed that those who wish to donate blood must be aged 17 years and above, and if they are below 17 years of age they need to seek permission from their parents or guardians.
Ideally, donors also need to weigh 50-kg and above, and the amount of blood taken will be 450ml. For those weighing between 45kg and 49kg, only 300ml of blood will be accepted for donation.
Before donating blood, the content of oxygen in the donors’ blood (haemoglobin) will be checked for it must be at 12.5 and above.
They are also required to eat and get enough sleep before donating blood in order to be energised and they must not be under any sort of recent medical treatments.
After donating blood, the donors are advised to relax, drink a lot of mineral water and avoid any rigorous activities.