Friday, July 10

MRC Miri happy with response to blood donation campaign

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MIRI: More donors, from various racial and religious backgrounds have been coming forward to support the blood donation campaign run by Malaysian Red Crescent (MRC) Miri District, even during this fasting month.

Karambir (right) cheers on a blood donor known only as Ling, who donated his 99th pint at the centre on
April 19.

In this regard, MRC Miri Blood Donor Recruitment Committee deputy chairman Karambir Singh observes that the Muslims are particularly supportive of blood donation during Ramadan, despite them fasting during the day.

“Since the setting up of the static blood donation centre at MRC Training Institute on March 25, we have observed a total of 374 pints being collected.

“We really appreciate this – the support comes from everyone,” said Karambir in a statement.

The blood donation centre at MRC Training Institute opens to the public every Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday from 8.30am to 1pm.

The centre would continue the weekly blood donations until the end of May. In view of the currently enforced Movement Control Order (MCO), the donors are advised to come individually instead of in groups, and once inside the centre, they must observe proper social distancing.

On a related subject, Karambir said although the supply at Miri Hospital blood bank is quite low, it is still considered manageable.

“We’re told that the elective surgeries are being put on hold – the hospital is only focusing on emergency cases.

“On MRC Miri side, we’re hoping that more donors could come in so that we’re able to stabilise the blood supply.”

For more information, contact Miri Hospital blood bank on 085-416 657, MRC Miri District on 014-316 2912, or Karambir himself on 016-878 5500.