RIPAS Hospital sees rise in blood donors
BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN
THE Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Saleha (RIPAS) Hospital recorded an increase in the number of blood donors and the volume of donated blood last year.
Dr Nang Nway Nway Lone, a medical officer at the hospital’s Blood Centre, said there were a total of 11,680 donors in 2015, up from 11,298 donors the previous year.
In a recent interview, she said some donors made multiple donations throughout 2014 and 2015, which further contributed to the volume of blood collected. Blood donors can donate blood once in every two months.
She said the centre received 13,216 blood units last year compared to 12,847 in 2014.
However, the number of first-time donors declined last year, with 3,160 people compared to 3,636 donors in 2014.
The majority of donors were males last year.
Dr Nang said the youngest donor was a 17-year-old while the oldest was aged 65.
The age and weight criteria for donating blood were amended in 2014 for new donors.
Those aged 17 can now donate with parental consent, instead of the previous requirement of 18 years old.
The body weight criterion has also been changed from above 50kg to above 45kg, while the frequency of donating blood has been changed from three months to two months.
Senior citizens who wish to donate blood can do so as long as they are fit and healthy.
The Blood Donation Centre will also be taking part in the nationwide volunteer and donation drives this Sunday to mark International Volunteers Day.
Members of the public are welcome to participate in the centre’s blood donation campaign at the Youth Centre in the capital from 8am to 12pm.
The Blood Donation Centre will also be open on January 14 in the evening from 7.30pm to 9pm.
The extended hours aimed to facilitate members of the public who wish to donate blood but are not able to turn up to the centre during working hours.
The centre is open from 8am to 11am, and 1.45pm to 4pm during working days.
The Brunei Times