The National Blood Bank needs about 400 to 500 units of blood per day to meet the demand from hospitals in Kuala Lumpur, said its head of recruitment and publicity Dr Noriss Naim
He said the storage of blood was necessary to prepare for the demand during and after the Hari Raya Aidilfitri holidays.
“There is also high demand for blood on a day-to-day basis for patients undergoing organ transplants, accident victims or those suffering from thalassemia, anaemia, dengue haemorrhagic fever and others,” he said at a blood donation campaign in Kuala Lumpur initiated by Royce Pharma Berhad, a private pharmaceutical company, recently.
About 100 members of the pharmaceutical and healthcare industry as well as the public donated blood at the campaign.
Royce Pharma deputy executive president Datuk Chandrasekar Suppiah said the main objective of the programme was to support the blood bank as well as create awareness among the public and corporate organisations on the importance of donating blood.
“We also organised this campaign in conjunction with the World Blood Donor 2013,” he said, adding that it was also part of activities under Royce Pharma’s corporate social responsibility to the community.