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Blood Donation During Covid-19
If you’re like me, you’re probably self-quarantining – perhaps with your family or by yourself in response to the Covid-19 outbreak. It’s a weird new normal. And as informed by the prime minister, lock-down period has been extended for 2 more weeks until 14 April 2020.

Nevertheless, it’s an anxious time for most of us. But as we worry about the health – physical and financial – of our friends and family, most of us want to know: How can we help?

Well, it cannot be denied that blood donation throughout the country is affected following the Covid-19 and the enforcement of MCO (Movement Control Order). National Blood Centre (PDN) director, Dr Noryati Abu Amin stated that various efforts were carried out including stepping up promotions via social media as well as extending the operation hours at collection centres.

Although the supply of blood in the country is still sufficient, PDN and other blood centres are still in need of blood donors to continue replenishing blood stock at an optimum level all the time.

Why it is Important?

 

Dr Noryati also urged the people to continue donating blood regularly to ensure the supply of blood is always at a safe level. We should remember that it is very important to have enough supply to treat non Covid-19 patients. For example, emergency victims, expecting mothers who may experience bleeding complications during delivery, cancer and thalassemia patients as well as patients undergoing major surgeries.

However, PDN takes serious safety measures to prevent the spread of Covid-19. They will provide initial health screening such as checking body temperature and inquiring the travel history of the donor. The centres also advise the donors to keep their social distancing by limiting the number of donors at a location at any one time. Hand sanitizers are also provided to all the people who come in or out at PDN Centres.

 

 

Members of the public can donate blood at three locations in the Klang Valley namely PDN in Jalan Tun Razak, PDN Donation Suite in Midvalley Megamall and Puspanita Blood Donation Suite in Putrajaya. Public can refers the operation time on their website to update current operates time during Covid-19.

A small deed could help others people in need. Therefore, make sure to still follow the MCO and do your part.

 

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