Wednesday, July 6

Low stock at blood bank due to Covid-19 cancellations


Personnel from Miri Hospital Blood Bank attending to the donors in this file photo.

MIRI: The Miri Hospital blood bank is experiencing low blood stock at present due to
Covid-19-related postponements and cancellations of donation drives.

Public relations officer Kenneth Numan pointed out that while the blood supply is low, the usage is increasing.

“We are trying our best to source for blood. Hence, Miri Blood Bank wishes to appeal to all blood donors out there to come forward,” he told The Borneo Post.

He said Miri Hospital usually needed to collect at least 120 pints of blood every week to cater to the needs of patients.

“Walk-in donations would be highly encouraged and small batches of blood donations could be done where the crowd is less than 50 people. We need the blood supply to continue to come in as it is important to the lives of those who’re affected,” he said.

Kenneth said the blood bank is also implementing a new standard operating procedure (SOP) for blood donation to ensure the safety of donors.

“In a situation where there will be a group-donation (no more than 50 people), all donors are advised to practise social distancing, by maintaining at least one metre of each other,” he said.

The SOP will include practising good hand hygiene, usage of hand sanitiser and disinfectant, and face masks.

“Donors must have their body temperature taken, and will undergo pre-donation counselling, as part of the SOP, to ensure that they are eligible for donation,” he said.

“We hope that there will be no more cancellations of blood donation campaigns, as it could hugely affect the blood supply.”