Calling blood donors

Thanks for your pint: Dr Jayabalan (left) chatting with one of the blood donors after the campaign’s launching in Komtar, Penang.

THERE will be a shortage of blood supply at the Penang Hospital and the Seberang Jaya Hospital especially during the festive sea-son.

To help replenish the blood banks at the two hospitals, the public can do their part by participating in the two-day ‘A Drop of Blood Can Help Save Lives of Others’ campaign.

Held at Level 3, Komtar, the donation drive will end today.

Penang Development Corporation (PDC)corporate communications division senior mana-ger Shahril Cheah said they expected about 500 donors to come forward.

“Usually, there will be a shortage of supply during the festive period.

“We hope this programme can help fill the blood banks at the two hospitals,” she said.

Organised by PDC together with the alumni of Mara Junior College and the Malaysian Government Services Welfare and Recreation Council, the pre-Ramadan blood drive starts from 10am to 5pm.

Batu Uban assemblyman Dr T. Jayabalan, who launched the campaign yesterday, hoped the public would be more aware about the importance of blood donation via the event.

“The demand usually increases during the festive season,” he said.

Dr Jayabalan said the blood donated would not only help accident victims but also women who face complications during labour.

“Donating blood can help stimulate the body and produce new blood cells to improve our health as new blood cells have the ability to transport oxygen more efficiently,” he said.

Dr Jayabalan said a blood test would be conducted for every donor even though he is a regular donor.

“This is to ensure that the blood donated is safe and free from any toxic materials that can be harmful,” he added.

There will be another blood donation drive at Aeon Bukit Mertajam from 10am to 5pm on Saturday.

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