The Malaysian Red Crescent (MRC) Sabah has collected 4,760 pints of blood until last Saturday through the COVID-19 Blood Donation Programme which was implemented in Sabah in March.
Sabah MRC Blood Donation programme coordinator Leslie Chan Boon Siang said the initiative to hold a blood donation programme at MRC’s own premises was done after receiving feedback from the public who were concerned over the risk of getting an infection in hospital.
“Initially we had received a phone call from the hospital to assist in promoting the blood donation campaign at the hospital.
“After receiving feedback from the public who were worried about getting infected if they went to the hospital, we discussed with the Transfusion Medical Unit to formulate standard operating procedures (SOPs) and received approval from the Sabah Health Department to hold blood donation programmes outside the hospital premises,” he told Bernama here today.
A total of 3,553 pints of blood was collected during the first phase of the programme from March to August.
“The remaining 1,207 pints of blood was collected in the second phase of this programme from September to December. We are confident of collecting more blood in the second phase of this programme because many donors have contacted us,” he said.
Chan also urged the public to donate blood to meet the critical blood supply at Queen Elizabeth I Hospital, Kudat and Tuaran hospitals, saying they should not fear as it is done in compliance with the SOP.
Source: BERNAMA News Agency