THERE is a shortage of supply at the blood bank because of the floods.
Perak Health Committee chairman Datuk Dr Mah Hang Soon said the shortage was partly because fewer people were donating as they too were affected by the flood.
“I understand that it is difficult for them to come to the blood bank as they too are affected.
“There is a shortage of O- and A-type blood and I hope more donors can come forward to help out,” he told journalists after attending a blood donation campaign at Ipoh Parade shopping centre recently.
“We will also need to carry out more of these campaigns to replenish the blood bank,” he said.
Dr Mah said a pint of blood could save the life of one person or more.
“Blood could also hasten the recovery of patients in certain cases,” he said.
“Just imagine what 200 pints of blood can do in times of need,” he added.
Dr Mah also said he has visited Gua Musang in Kelantan where the flood situation was really bad.
“Though the floodwater is receding, the area has been ravaged by the natural disaster, with many homes destroyed.
“Electricity has been cut off and there is a severe need for clean water supply,” he said.
“I urge those that are able to help to volunteer themselves.
“They really need all the help they can get,” he added.
Dr Mah said there were no immediate concerns on the health of those affected by the flood in Perak.
“Everything is alright but we are monitoring the situation on the ground.
“Health officers are at respective affected areas to ensure that there’ll not be any outbreak of common diseases during floods,” he said, adding that leptospirosis and cholera were among the common diseases.