Last week, I got a sms from a friend. Blood donor needed.
It was her friend seeking for blood donors to help a lady with liver cancer. She needs a lot of blood in transfusions. As my last blood donation was in January, I'm good to go.
Met a guy at Sime Darby Medical Centre (formerly know as SJMC) blood bank. He's the son in law and contact point for blood donors. I had a small chat with him. He's shocked to know blood banks in Malaysian hospitals do not have sufficient levels. Being a New Zealander, blood donation is normal to him. He has not heard of hospitals in desperate need for blood. He said college students donate twice a year.
Here? Well, maybe once every few years. Maybe the hospitals themselves are not doing enough to maintain a healthy level in the blood bank. Are they doing blood donation campaign from 1 college to another? Klang valley has hundreds of colleges. And Universities?
Some companies do have their blood donation day. More need though.
End of the day, it all comes down to Ministry of Health...the government. More needs to be done to create this blood donation awareness.
It is more blessed to give than to receive.