Blood banks have sufficient supply

Volunteers donating blood at Hospital Sultanah Aminah blood bank.

JOHOR BARU: The blood banks in Johor hospitals have sufficient supply thanks to donors.

State health and environment committee chairman R. Vidyananthan said a total of 10,669 bags were collected between March 18 and May 23.

“These numbers were possible thanks to the Johor Blood Warriors, associations and NGOs who had always supported blood donation campaigns in the state, ” he said.

He added that during the conditional movement control order (CMCO), the blood banks were open from 8am to 4.30pm on Sunday to Wednesday, and closed early on Thursday, at 2.30pm

“The collection will be done with proper standard operating procedures (SOP) in place.

“Donors will have their temperature taken, must use face mask, sanitise their hands and practise social distancing, ” said Vidyananthan.

He added that the public could come and donate blood once every three months to keep the supply at safe levels.

Johor Health Department director Dr Aman Rabu said that during Ramadan, supply would drop as many of the regular donors were fasting and unable to donate.

“This year, 90% of the blood donated between March 18 and May 21 came from non-Muslim donors, ” he said in a statement.

“We want to thank the NGOs and volunteers who have helped spread information and encouraged people to donate blood, ” he said.

He added that with enough supply, they could even help other states in need.

A total of 477 bags were donated to hospitals in Sabah, Klang, Seremban and Ipoh.

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