PUTRAJAYA: Members of the public who want to donate blood need not worry about being stopped at the movement control order (MCO) roadblocks, says the Health Ministry.
Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said he had discussed the matter with Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Abdul Hamid Bador, and there should be no issues.
“We encourage those who want to donate blood to come to our health facilities.
“I have discussed this with the IGP. Those who want to come to the hospital can do so. It should not be an issue at roadblocks, just inform them your purpose.
“After you have completed donating blood, we will issue you a letter, ” said Dr Noor Hisham at the ministry’s Covid-19 press conference here on Monday (April 27).
Dr Noor Hisham said it was normal for the National Blood Bank to have a shortage of blood by 30% during the fasting month of Ramadan.
“We usually have a shortage at this time of the year. But the good thing is because of the MCO, there is a decrease in demand for blood because we have less trauma cases and accidents, ” said Dr Noor Hisham.
Earlier, Senior Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob said Malaysians would be allowed to donate blood at hospitals and public health clinics from 10am to 10pm during the MCO.