Blood supply drops due to school holidays

SIBU: The local blood bank is hard hit by school-break as donors go on holidays with their families, causing blood stock level to plummet.Its publicity officer Kenneth Numan said yesterday the volume of blood collected had dwindled, making it difficult for them to meet the current surging blood usage.

Among other things, the recent jump in the number of reported dengue and chikungunya cases here had resulted in the shortage of type A blood and type O platelet.

He added that in certain cases, those suffering from  chikungunya required blood transfusion.

“For that, we hope to target more first time blood donors to make up for the shortage. This will also help to increase our donor database.

“We have also resorted to apheresis donation where about 10 units of platelet can be extracted per donor, compared to only one through conventional method,” he said when met at the blood donation drive at Everwin Supermarket Department Store here.

The activity was jointly organised by Sibu Life Care Society, Sibu Blood Bank and Everwin Supermarket Department Store.

Some 80 donors turned up to donate, but only 52 were able to do so.

Earlier, chairman of Sibu Life Care Society Chien King Hua said it was their primary objective to organise blood donation campaign on a monthly basis.

In this regard, he hoped more people would step forward to give blood to help save lives.

Chien said they would have another round of blood donation at Sing Kwong Supermarket, Jalan Salim on Dec 27, beginning 9am.

Meanwhile, the mobile unit of the local blood bank will be at the Blind Centre, Bukit Lima on Dec 6 for their next round of blood donation drive.

The public can contact them at 084-343333 ext 2010 for more information.

Among those present was operation manager of Everwin Supermarket Department Store Ling E Cheng.

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