Opening of the Blood Donation Drive
LAHAD DATU: The POIC Emergency Mutual Aid (PEMA), whose members consisting of companies in the Palm Oil Industrial Cluster (POIC) Lahad Datu here, is organising a two-day blood donation campaign at the POIC port, aiming to collect 100 or more pints of blood for the Lahad Datu Hospital’s blood bank.
POIC Sabah Sdn Bhd Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Lynette Hoo, who is the co-chair of the blood donation campaign, said the blood donation drive is organised jointly with the Lahad Datu Hospital and Lahad Datu Health Department.
The Health Department also provide basic health screening and mental screening throughout the campaign period, she said, adding the campaign was in response to the Lahad Datu Hospital’s blood bank’s call for assistance due to the depleting blood supply following the movement restrictions imposed to curb the spread of Covid-19.
Blood donors on the 1st day of campaign
PEMA is a self-help community of companies within POIC Lahad Datu which was formed in 2014 under the guidance of the Fire and Rescue Department which regularly conducted training in disaster prevention and relief.
Hoo said the two-day blood donation campaign at the POIC Lahad Datu port here aims to collect no less than 100 pints of blood.
The Lahad Datu Hospital also hope that more blood donors will donate voluntarily at its blood bank.
“Sabah is one of the states with highest number of Thalassemia patients, many of whom require regular blood transfusion, at least twice every month.
“More regular donors will help to increase blood supplies and provide for all the life-threatening conditions and operations in hospitals”, said Dr Tan Hee Ting, Deputy Director I, Lahad Datu Hospital.
The blood donation drive will be held until 2pm on Nov 25. Those seeking more information can contact the organiser at 089 883289.