Surge in demand for blood supply in northern S’wak

  • Metro News
  • Thursday, 09 Jan 2020

MIRI: Government and private hospitals throughout northern Sarawak are seeking additional supplies from the Miri Hospital Blood Bank due to a surge in blood transfusion needs.

Private hospitals in Miri and government hospitals in the districts of Miri, Marudi, Limbang and Lawas are appealing for more blood supply.

This has caused at least a 10% hike in supply from the Miri Blood Bank last year, said Miri Hospital director Dr Jack Wong.

“In 2018, the blood bank here saw a demand for 7,365 pints of blood for transfusion needs.

“Last year saw the demand surge to 8,258 pints, which used up most of our stock, and we now need to replenish, ” he said.

Dr Wong said private hospitals in Miri are also seeking blood supplies from the hospital’s blood bank as their needs surge.

“The government hospitals in Marudi, Limbang and Lawas (northern Sarawak) are also seeking blood from us.

“Even Sabah hospitals are asking us to help supply rare blood types, ” he said at a public blood donation campaign organised by the Northern Sarawak Journalist Association (NSJA).

He thanked the journalists for their role in helping to boost the blood donation drive.

NSJA president Andy Jong said 122 people registered to donate blood at the campaign, with 17 of them new donors. – BY STEPHEN THEN

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