Did you know that when you donate a bag of blood, you are saving three lives? Moreover, donating blood can improve your health, burn calories, and cut the risk of heart attacks.
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Donating blood during a pandemic
According to the National Blood Bank, it is safe to donate your blood during a pandemic. Blood donation is a medical procedure performed using the highest precautionary measures. There is no evidence suggesting that the coronavirus can transmitted through blood transfusion and blood donation. Therefore, individuals who meet all criteria for donating blood shouldn’t worry about doing so during the pandemic.
The National Blood Bank has introduced a new set of guidelines to protect donors, staff and patients. Through the recommendation of the Ministry of Health Malaysia, such as maintaining a distance of one metre from others. Also, temperature checking before entering a blood collection site.
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Blood donation must delayed for:
- 28 days from recovery date for those who were previously infected with COVID-19
- 28 days from date of contact for those who had close contact with COVID-19 positive patients or patients under investigation (PUI)
- 28 days from date of arrival in Malaysia for those who returned from overseas
What are the criteria for donating blood?
You allowed to donate blood if you:
- Are in good physical health
- Are within the age of 18-60 years old for first-time donors; 18-70 years old for those who have donated blood previously; 17 year olds must obtain a written consent from their parents or guardians to donate blood
- Weight at least 45kg
- Have had enough sleep (minimum 5 hours) the night before and have taken a meal four hours before donating
- Have had 3 months since your last blood donation
- Not pregnant, not menstruating and not breastfeeding
Source: National Blood Bank, Ministry of Health Malaysia
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Where to donate blood in Sarawak?
For those who wish to donate blood, you may visit Unit Transfusi Perubatan, Hospital Umum Sarawak, Jalan Tun Ahmad Zaidi Adruce, 93586 Kuching, Sarawak. Contact them beforehand at 082-276 666 / 082-243 454.
Further information on blood donation procedures and other blood banks in Malaysia, go to http://www.pdn.gov.my/