Sabah govt appeals for donors to fill depleting blood banks

KOTA KINABALU: The Sabah government has called on the public to help fill depleting blood banks in the state.

State Local Government and Housing Minister Datuk Seri Masidi Manjun said since the third wave of the Covid-19, blood donations in Sabah had gone down.

"This gets more serious during Ramadan month and is expected to continue until the Kaamatan festival (at the end of this month).

"Even though government hospitals in the state have taken steps, movement restriction orders have impacted existing blood supply stocks.

"It is predicted that this year, blood stocks in Sabah will drop 20% since over 200 blood donation drives with an initial target of 6,000 donors have been cancelled," he said in a statement on Saturday (May 8).

Masidi said this problem must be overcome as soon as possible so that blood banks do not reach a critical stage and jeopardise the treatments of patients.

"The state medical transfusion services aim to garner 1,800 donors a week to accommodate needs and maintain supplies at a safe level.

Sabah also recorded 63 new Covid-19 cases on Saturday, with one fatality recorded in Sandakan.

A new cluster called Keramat in Semporna district was reported, where the index case was a 73-year-old farmer tested positive at the district hospital.

Sabah is under conditional movement control order at present, and an inter-district travel ban will be in place from Monday (May 10) to May 16.

Travelling based on zones will be allowed to resume from May 17.

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