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As Malaysia continues to ride its third wave of COVID-19, the National Blood Centre (PDN) urgently needs to replenish its blood supply.
States such as Sabah are facing shortages and the number of donors has decreased dramatically due to the implementation of the Conditional Movement Control Order (CMCO) state wide.
Not to mention the fact that people are generally afraid to donate blood amidst a pandemic.
It has come to a point where blood supply in Peninsular Malaysia needs to be sent to Sabah in order to replenish their stock.
With that, St. John Ambulance of Malaysia (SJAM) along with PDN will be organising its second Blood Donation initiative this year.
It will be held from tomorrow till Sunday (13th-15th November) at 15 locations across Perlis, Kedah, Penang, Perak, Kuala Lumpur, Selangor and Johor.
“Besides collaborating with PDN, SJAM will continue to organise as many blood donation programs to assist the various blood banks in the government hospitals throughout the country,” said Commander-in-Chief of SJAM, Dato’ Lai See Ming.
He also assured the public that all the necessary measures and SOPs will be adhered to ensure their safety and well-being.
SJAM has collected 8,820 bags of blood since the start of April, and it encourages more people to come forward and donate.
Blood donors who wish to donate blood are advised to visit PDN’s social media platforms as well as the SJAM Website at https://sjam.org.my/blooddonation/ to find out more about the blood donation schedule and locations.
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by Kyle Roshen Jacob