Communities in Brunei answer call for blood donations

Filipino foreign workers who donated blood to the RIPAS HOSPITAL Blood Donation Centre; and Foochow Association members donating blood at Suri Seri Begawan Hospital in Kuala Belait. - Borneo Bulletin/ANN

BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN, April 27 (Borneo Bulletin/ANN): As blood banks run low on vital supply, local communities are answering the call for from the Brunei government donations.

Last Sunday, Filipino community members donated blood to Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Saleha (RIPAS) Hospital Blood Donation Centre.

The group’s spokesperson, Allan Rodriguez, said “Our goal is to disseminate information about the importance of giving blood especially among Filipinos residing in Brunei and to help ourselves by maintaining good health as foreign workers here.”

Forty-one of the group’s 61 donors were able to donate blood, with the remainder unable to donate due to health conditions.

Rodriguez hoped that their initiative will encourage more Filipinos to participate in the next drive three months later.

Meanwhile, in Kuala Belait, the Youth and Sports Section of the Foochow Association held a blood donation drive for the Blood Bank Unit of the Suri Seri Begawan Hospital.

Forty-two attendees, which comprised association members and the public registered, with 37 eligible to donate blood.

Leading the campaign was Foochow Association Chairman Tan Tei Tei. The association hoped that the donation will help those in need while pledging to continue similar campaigns in the future.

Meanwhile, Blood donation drives conducted by the Ministry of Health (MoH) will open today and tomorrow at Al Bukhari Textiles branch at Aman Hills Shopping Centre from 8pm to 10pm and at Pehin Khatib Abdullah Mosque, Kampong Kulapis on May 1, from 8.30pm to 10pm.

The MoH said that Blood Donation Centre is experiencing low blood supply and requires all types of blood for patients requiring blood tranfusions.

It also called for public assistance in increasing the stock of blood supply at the Blood

Donation Centre.

The ministry said non-Muslims who are not fasting can visit thecentre during working hours to donate blood.

Donors are entitled to two hours of free parking in Block 10, and are reminded to bring parking tickets when donating.

The registration time to donate blood during the month of Ramadhan is from 8.15am to 1.30pm from Monday to Thursday and Saturday.

The public is also reminded to scan BruHealth QR codes and practise social distancing. - Borneo Bulletin/ANN

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