National Blood Centre: Donations on the increase, supply adequate

National Blood Centre employee attending to a donor during a blood donation drive in Rawang. — Filepic

BLOOD donations have increased lately, says National Blood Centre (PDN) director Dr Noryati Abu Amin.

She said this was attributed to concern showed by those who had been donating blood consistently to help others in need.

This includes emergency cases who are accident victims, complications during childbirth, premature babies who lack blood, thalassaemia, cancer and kidney failure patients, as well as those who need to undergo critical and complex surgery.

“There are also Covid-19 patients, especially those with a background of chronic diseases, who need blood transfusion.

“The upward donation trend will ensure that PDN and blood banks have sufficient blood supply, as well as help increase the stock in states that are experiencing an increase in Covid-19 cases,” she said in a statement uploaded on PDN’s Facebook.

She said this in response to a WhatsApp message, which went viral recently, claiming that the blood banks of several hospitals were critically low in supply.

Meanwhile, Dr Noryati said the Health Ministry had issued guidelines on prevention and control measures to curb the transmission of infectious diseases during blood donation activities.

She said the guidelines outlined various measures for blood donation activities to ensure the safety of blood donors, blood donation campaign organisers, health workers and blood transfusion recipients.

“These guidelines also set a temporary suspension period for blood donation activities for individuals who have just received their Covid-19 vaccine, which are in line with the recommendations of the World Health Organisation,” she added. — Bernama

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