| Rokiah Mahmud |
A GROUP of volunteers with a mission to serve the community and assist the needy donated their blood at the Blood Donation Centre at the Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Saleha (RIPAS) Hospital yesterday.
Tung Yiu Hung, 49, along with 10 of his friends, took the opportunity to contribute to the nation’s blood centre. He explained to the Bulletin that the centre continuously needs blood, especially in cases of emergencies, operations, accidents, blood transfusion, thallasemia and others.
Tung Yiu Hung is a regular donor at the centre, and yesterday’s donation was his 91st time. The other volunteers are also regular donors for the centre.
“We understand that during the holiday season, there will be fewer people coming to the centre to donate blood, in which it might lower the centre’s blood stock. In looking at this condition and to help the needy, my friends and I took this initiative not only to help the centre to increase its blood stock, but we also regard this as part of our responsibility to the community.
“Being able to save someone’s life is very meaningful for us,” he added.
Tung Yiu Hung has become a hero to his family, as his children started to follow in his footsteps. Tung Yee King, 18, began donating blood this year and hopes that he will be able to set an example for others and become the next blood hero after his father.
“Being a regular blood donor not only helps to save lives. There are many advantages to being a donor. When we donate blood once every three months, our haemoglobin cells will be replaced with new cells.
“When we donate blood, we can indirectly check our health condition. The doctor will provide us with medical advice, check on our blood pressure and others,” he explained.
Another blood donor, 60-year-old Bun Fak Chong who is also a member of Kg Kapok Village Consultative Council, also shared his thoughts with the Bulletin.
“Donating blood is one way to maintain our health by allowing new blood cells to replace the old cells, hence, this will lead us to live healthily.
“Despite my old age, as long as I can donate, I will readily do so to help those in need.”
Bun Fak Chong started donating nine years ago, and to date, he has already donated 33 times.
Meanwhile Low Tong Wah, who has donated 93 times, feels thankful for those who have received his donated blood. He explained that aside from monetary donations, blood donations are also important for the community.
He also shared with the Bulletin that, when they donated more than 30 times, RIPAS Hospital will offer them 50 per cent discounts for their medical treatment.
“Since we are foreigners, we are more than happy to receive such incentive. When we donate more than 50 times, our family, including wife and children, will also enjoy this incentive,” he shared.
Meanwhile for public who intended to donate their blood, they have to undergo several medical screenings before they were eligible.
Apart from that, blood donors must not be under any medication, and most importantly, are not suffering from any major illness such as high blood pressure, diabetes, coronary complication and so on.
For those who are 17 years old, they must get a consent letter from their parents before donating blood.
Consequently, the medical screenings are important so as not cause unwanted complications, either to the donors or to those who will receive the donated blood.