Miri Hospital running low on A+ blood

Members of Miri Life Care Society gather for a group photo with donors at the campaign held at Bintang Megamall Miri.

Members of Miri Life Care Society gather for a group photo with donors at the campaign held at Bintang Megamall Miri.

MIRI: The blood bank of Miri Hospital is currently running low on its supply of A+ blood type and platelet concentration — a situation that it attributes to the long year-end holiday.

Miri Blood Bank senior medical laboratory technologist Benedict Jong disclosed this during a blood donation drive here yesterday, organised by Miri Life Care Society.

“More efforts are needed to increase the blood stock in coping with cases of emergency.

“For now, the stock for other blood groups is still considered adequate, except for Group A+, which has been in high demand in recent days. Similarly for the past few days, a lot of platelet concentration has also been used up.

“Therefore, we hope that we could collect Group A blood type and platelet concentration during this drive, to at least reach a comfortable level in our blood stock,” he said.

Platelets, or thrombocytes, are the colourless blood cells that help blood clot.

“However due to short life span of platelet concentration which is about five days, we at Miri Blood Bank are undertaking several efforts to increase the stock,” Jong said.

He also expressed his appreciation to associations such as Miri Life Care Society for all the efforts in promoting blood donation.

“About 65 to 70 per cent of blood stock is contributed from mobile activities such as this (drive).

“This is because such mobile activities usually happen on weekends, when people have more time, while Miri Blood Bank is only open to public during working hours.

“We truly appreciate the volunteers, who are willing to take time off their busy schedules in doing their bit for society,” he said.

On efforts to stock up rare blood types, Jong disclosed that his side was working closely with the National Blood Bank in Kuala Lumpur, in keeping and monitoring data of people with rare blood types.

“In fact, we are keeping track of these people and they will only be contacted during emergency.

“We are thankful that they have been very supportive in saving lives (of those in dire need of rare blood types).”

Going forward, Miri Blood Bank will run two blood donation drives next month – one on Jan 9 and the next on Jan 30 – at Bintang Megamall here, running from 9am to 2.30pm on both dates.

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