RIPAS Hospital to carry on night blood donation drive to draw more people

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

THE Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Saleha (RIPAS) Hospital Blood Donation Centre plans to continue holding night donation events monthly, in a bid to draw more people to give blood.

A representative of the centre, who did not want to be named, said that at the moment, the centre holds at least two night donation events in a month.

This was to accommodate blood donors who did not have the time to give blood during office hours, he said.

He said that some people may be put off giving blood during the daytime as they were too busy with work or errands.

“For these people, the best time to give blood would be during the night, as they don’t have anything to do after giving blood, and can just relax after,” he pointed out.

The representative said at the moment, the centre tried to accommodate requests by any association or organisation to hold blood donation events at night as much as possible.

“However, this depends on the number of targeted donors – we’d usually accommodate these requests if they foresee at least 30 to 40 donors at these night events,” he said.

The representative reminded members of the public who have given blood before that they can donate blood again after two months.

He urged them to regularly check their donation booklets – if they had them – to keep track of when they last gave blood.

“And if they can’t remember, we can get their IC numbers and find out when they last gave blood,” he said.

The minimum age requirement for giving blood in Brunei is 17 years old (with parental consent), and donors must weigh 45kg and above and be deemed fit by doctors before they can give blood.

The RIPAS Blood Donation Centre is open from 8am to 11.45am, and 1.30pm to 4pm on Mondays to Thursdays and Saturdays, and members of the public can keep up with its events through the centre’s Instagram account @bloodbank_ripas.

The Brunei Times