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More blood donations, more donors

Lyna Mohamad

Amid blood banks running low on vital supplies especially for Thalassemia patients and emergency cases, more communities are coming forward to answer the call for replenishment.

Annajat Complex on Monday organised a two-day blood donation campaign to increase the blood stock at Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Saleha (RIPAS) Hospital.

A medical team from RIPAS Hospital provided expertise in conducting medical check-up, COVID screening using antigen rapid test (ART) and collecting blood from the donors.

A total of 23 pints of blood were collected on the first day of the campaign and another 44 pints on the second day.

Annajat representative Awangku Mohd Norhalimin bin Pengiran Haji Rakit said the event marked the third blood donation drive conducted this year.

With the objective to help save lives and encourage the public to jointly answer the call of blood donation, Annajat plans to conduct a two-day blood donation campaigns monthly.

Successful donors received goodie bags contributed by RIPAS Hospital and Annajat.

Blood donation drives have seen a decline due to the COVID-19 outbreak in the country as people are worried about the spike in new cases. However, several organisations, particularly the private sector are making efforts to collaborate with RIPAS Hospital Blood Donation Centre to conduct blood drives.

ABOVE & BELOW: RIPAS Hospital medical staff perform health screening; and donors during the blood donation drive. PHOTOS: LYNA MOHAMAD

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