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Turkish Embassy holds blood donation drive amid shortages

The Embassy of Turkey in Brunei Darussalam initiated a blood donation drive among its staff to send a positive message on Wednesday.

Turkish Ambassador to Brunei Darussalam Professor Dr Hamit Ersoy said the donation drive was not only “a good opportunity to exercise our social responsibility and give back to the community but a response to the news on shortages at the Blood Donation Centre at Hospital Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Saleha (RIPAS)”.

“It is also a chance to thank the health workers for their service in the COVID-19 pandemic response,” the ambassador added, while encouraging more blood donation campaigns as “we all should help answer the call Muslims keeping in mind it will be more challenging to do so once Ramadhan starts”.

The ambassador and spouse Lale, together with embassy staff, donated blood at the Blood Donation Centre at (RIPAS) Hospital.

The Head of the Blood Bank welcomed the foreign dignitaries and embassy staff, during which Senior Scientific Officer Chong Kim Moi and supervisor Haji Iqmal bin Haji Ismail ensured the needs of the Turkish Embassy were accommodated.

The ambassador also congratulated the doctors and health workers at the centre, while noting that Medicine Day is celebrated in Turkey every March 14.

Turkish to Brunei Darussalam Professor Dr Hamit Ersoy at the Blood Donation Centre. PHOTO: THE EMBASSY OF TURKEY IN BRUNEI DARUSSALAM