KUALA LUMPUR, April 18 – Taiping Hospital in Perak, one of the biggest hospitals in Malaysia, is calling for blood donors of all types to help overcome a blood shortage this coming Syawal festive season.
Taiping Hospital transfusion medicine department head Dr Nurul Raihan Mohamed Zawawi, in a statement today, said the hospital expects its blood supply to be at a critically “low level” for both daily and emergency usage by the month of Syawal when Muslims celebrate Hari Raya Aidilfitri festivities.
“We desperately need adequate blood supply, especially for those who experience unexpected bleeding such as accidents, complications during childbirth as well as to help thalassemia patients.
“I call on the public to come forward to donate their blood during the month of Ramadan to ensure that the blood supply is always sufficient and safe,” Dr Nurul Raihan said.
Taiping Hospital’s blood donation service operates every Monday to Friday from 8am to 4pm (including break time) during the month of Ramadan. The service is also available at night, every Tuesday and Thursday from 8pm to 11pm to facilitate and encourage Muslims to be blood donors.
A blood donation counter will also be made available every Wednesday from 9am to 2pm at Dewan Persatuan Kwangtung in Taiping during the month of Ramadan. Dr Nurul Raihan said this is to make it easier for nearby community members to donate blood.
For further information, the public can contact Taiping Hospital’s blood donation service at 05-8204341. The public can also get more information on the blood campaign’s weekly schedule via ‘Taiping Blood Donation’ on Facebook, Telegram, Instagram, and Twitter.
The public can also send an email to [email protected] or WhatsApp 017-4665864.