Have you ever donated blood before?
If you have not, maybe this could be the perfect time to start.
According to Bernama, the blood supply at the National Blood Centre(PDN) is running low and beyond the safe zone.
PDN deputy director 1 Dr Tun Maizura Mohd Fathlullah said that less people were donating blood due to COVID-19 fears and the recent Movement Control Order (MCO).
She however explained that blood donors were allowed to travel to donate blood as it was urgently needed.
“The application to the National Security Council for PDN and blood banks to conduct blood donation campaigns, and to allow donors to donate blood, has been approved.
“Donors only need to bring a blood donation book or a copy of the donation appointment slip as proof of travel at roadblocks, and we also appeal to the police (at roadblocks) to facilitate the donor movement process,” she said in the report.
Blood supply at critical level
She added that the supply for blood type A and O were the most critical at the moment.
Dr Tun Maizura also said that PDN needed between 500 to 600 bags of blood collection daily to be used for surgery, accidents, pregnant women and Thalassaemia patients.
“Blood donors do not have to worry because the process of donating blood is done thoroughly and adopts new norms such as recording body temperature, in fact we also make a COVID-19 screening declaration for each donor present,” she said.
If you're eager to donate, be sure to visit the official PDN Facebook page or www.pdn.gov.my for more details.