Hospital in need of blood

THE blood bank at the Raja Permaisuri Bainun Hospital in Ipoh is running low on types “O” and “B” blood.

According to a source, the general blood supply was still sustainable but the hospital hoped to have more of the two types.

“For now, we are able to sustain with the remaining supply.

“However, people with the blood types O and B are highly encouraged to donate to help those in need.

“We are holding donation drives to ensure the supply at the blood bank is replenished regularly.

“There were at least three blood donation drives held last week.

“On a daily basis, there will be at least 20 packs of blood donated at the blood bank,” said the source.

On Aug 14, Perak Health Department director Dr Ding Lay Ming made an appeal for blood donors as well as those who were in good health to step forward to donate blood.

Meanwhile, Ipoh Chinese Chin Woo Athletic Association president Datuk Ooi Foh Sing said the association would continue to organise more donation drives to help the blood bank sustain its supply.

“Since the first movement control order last year, we have held at least six blood donation drives as we know how important the supplies are during the Covid-19 pandemic.

“We are grateful for the warm support received not only from our members but also the public in supporting this drive,” he said when met during a blood donation drive at Wisma Chin Woo.

“In conjunction with the upcoming National Day, we will hold another blood donation drive on Aug 29,” he added.

Also present at the event was Malim Nawar assemblymen Leong Cheok Keng, who applauded those who came forward to donate blood.

“Due to the pandemic, there are some who are hesitant to donate as they are worried about their safety.

“As for those who still came out to donate blood, they are unsung heroes,” he said.

Leong also presented monetary donations, hand sanitisers and face masks to the association.

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