Do you have the blood of a hero?

By Jude Toyat
judetoyat@theborneopost.com
@judetbpseeds

Dr Masrin showing pints of blood to participants of the 'Do you have a blood of a hero' held at Pustaka Negeri Sarawak on April 15.

Dr Masrin showing pints of blood to participants of the ‘Do you have a blood of a hero’ held at Pustaka Negeri Sarawak on April 15.

Do you have the blood of a hero?

As catchy and heroic as the title of a recent talk here may suggest, its speaker, Sarawak General Hospital (SGH) head of Transfusion Unit and Blood Bank Dr Mohammad Masrin Md Zahrin, stressed that one can become a hero by donating blood.

“Every blood donor can become a hero because when they donate blood, they can save at least 3 lives.

“It only takes 10 minutes for them to become a hero,” he said when delivering the community talk at Pustaka Negeri Sarawak on April 15.

The objective of the one-hour talk was to spread awareness on the importance of donating blood to help those who are in need.

“It is also to give out necessary information to the participants on tips needed to help them in their noble efforts towards donating blood, as well as to expose the benefits received by performing it,” he added during the talk that has attracted more than 100 participants to the Pustaka auditorium.

Having vast experience in blood transfusion after working at Kuala Lumpur Blood Centre and SGH for more than 10 years, Dr Masrin also highlighted the services, research, and eligibility to become a hero which included some of the following:

  • Be in a condition of perfect health;
  • Having a hemoglobin level of at least 12.5 g/dL;
  • Weigh more than 45 kg

“We need at least 70 pints of blood for daily transfusions to cope with the demands needed by the local community,” he said adding that the SGH supply of blood is now at a satisfactory level.

“Through this talk we hope it can promote and encourage more people to donate blood to ensure better lives for others and become a hero for their receivers,” he added.

He also thanked several individuals who have been promoting blood donation activities at a wider scale with them including Aizat Amdan, Faizal Tahir, Pandelela Rinong, and Dewi Liana Seriestha.

Those who wish to do their part in blood donation can do so by visiting the SGH blood bank that opens daily, Mondays to Fridays from 8am to 4.30pm, with ample parking spaces provided for them.

Apart from that they can also keep on track with various mobile campaigns and activities on blood donation through hus.moh.gov.my.

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