Ramadhan drive gets 64 blood donors

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SIXTY-FOUR people have donated blood since the start of the fasting month, the Ministry of Health (MoH) said.

An official from the Blood Donation Centre said in an e-mail interview that from January to May this year, 5,782 pints of blood were donated and the average number of blood donors donating each month was 1,100.

The official, however, pointed out that the centre usually experiences a shortage in blood supply during the fasting month.

“This is because donors need to eat before donation to prevent fainting. During (the) fasting month, we usually experience a shortage in blood since many donors cannot donate during daytime. Donors who are fasting cannot donate blood unless he or she breaks the fast,” said the official.

To maintain blood supplies during Ramadhan, the MoH announced the extension of operating hours for blood donation centres on select days, giving Muslims the opportunity to donate blood after they have broken their fast.

Yesterday, a blood donation drive was held at its headquarters on Commonwealth Drive from 8.30pm to 10.30pm.

This will be followed by another drive at Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Saleha (RIPAS) Hospital’s Blood Donation Centre on June 18 from 8.30pm to 10.30pm.

The Al-‘Afiah Hall at the MoH headquarters on Commonwealth Drive will be open for blood donation from 8.30pm to 10.30pm tonight.

During Ramadhan, RIPAS Hospital’s Blood Donation Centre is open from 8am to 2pm daily.

On June 21, June 22 and June 28, donors can go to RIPAS Hospital’s Blood Donation Centre from 8.30pm to 10.30pm.

The ministry is also organising blood donation drives in other districts.

On July 2, a drive will be held at Pengiran Muda Mahkota Pengiran Muda Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah Hospital in Tutong from 8.30pm to 10.30pm. On July 14, a drive will be held at KB Central shopping mall from 10am to 2pm and on July 28, a drive will be held at the Youth Centre in Temburong from 9.30am to 11.30am.

The Brunei Times