Members of the public are urged to donate blood in order to save lives.
According to the Special Secretary to Menteri Besar of Perak, Choong Shin Heng, hospitals are in dire need of blood supply to treat patients suffering from blood-related diseases, such as thalassemia and myeloma, as well as for operation purposes.
“Despite the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the blood donation drive here received a rather encouraging response.
“As such, I thank organisers and members of the public who were willing to save more lives by donating blood,” he told reporters during a media session at the association complex here in Ipoh today (August 29), after distributing Jalur Gemilang flags to donors as a form of appreciation.
The drive was jointly organised by the Ipoh Chinese Chin Woo Athletic Association and the Community Reinforcement and Integration Unit of Menteri Besar’s Office.
It was also Chin Woo Association’s 117th blood donation drive since their inception back in the 1980s.
The session from 9.30am to 2pm today saw the attendance of 99 donors, with 82 blood packets passed for medical usage.
President of the association, Dato’ Ooi Foh Sing, said that the drive was held in conjunction with the upcoming National Day.
“We’ve held at least six blood donation drives since the Movement Control Order (MCO) implementation last year, seeing how important the supplies are during the pandemic.
“With heartfelt gratitude, we thank our members and also the public for showing such warm support towards the cause in saving lives.
“Hopefully, we’ll be able to organise more donation drives in the near future,” he expressed.