Blood drive exceeds target

Goh (second left) and Malaysian Red Crescent Society SPT branch vice chairman Dr Tan Sock Hooi (right) sharing a light moment with Dr Goh (on bed) as he joins other donors in giving blood at the Ng Yam Huat hall in Bukit Mertajam. — ZHAFARAN NASIB/The Star

THREE hospitals received a boost to their blood banks following good response in a blood donation drive held at Ng Yam Huat hall in Bukit Mertajam, Penang.

Streams of donors contributed 258 bags of blood during the four-hour drive.

The campaign was organised by Crime Consciousness And Public Safety Society (CCPSS) and Malaysian Red Crescent Society (MRCS) in aid of Bukit Mertajam Hospital, Seberang Jaya Hospital and Lam Wah Ee Hospital.

CCPSS deputy chairman Goh Hoe Eng said they received almost double the targeted amount of blood during the campaign.

“We received 258 bags of blood in total, much higher than our initial target of between 100 and 120 bags.

“We are organising this for the first time and we are thankful for the support,” he said at the recent event.

Bukit Mertajam Hospital director Dr Goh Hin Kwang, who was one of the blood donors, said he was glad that the organisers managed to rally public support for the event.

“We recorded a decline of donors since the Covid-19 pandemic in March last year.

“The level of blood supply usually hovered between medium and high, but there were a few times when it dropped to low during the pandemic, enough to sustain for just several days of usage.

“We blasted out the message to regular donors through an SMS system but only a few turned up.

“The number of blood donors dropped to almost zero when the hospital was turned into a hybrid Covid-19 walk-in hospital.

“I want to assure the public that it is safe to come over as the blood bank is located at the front of the hospital while the Covid-19 ward is at the back,” he said.

Among those present was McDonald’s outlet manager Muhamad Mursyid Mohamad Jaba, 31, who came to support the programme on his day off.

“I got to know about the campaign as McDonald’s is the meal sponsor for donors.

“There is no harm to donate blood as it can be regenerated.

“For me, it’s a valuable contribution to society to save lives.

“As long as proper procedures are in place, I see no concern of Covid-19 as many additional safety measures are being taken,” he said.

Donors upon completing their good deeds were each given a set of McDonald’s meal to take home.

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