7 April 2018 – At the CMS Blood Donation Drive held at Wisma Mahmud, one of the faces of a regular blood donor was in despair when he was rejected twice, even after resting, for having high blood pressure. Shaking his head, he said ‘This is my first time being rejected after many times donating blood’. Such was the immense feeling of a regular blood donor who is not able to donate blood. Many of us, who could be eligible donors, do not even try for fear of needles, fear of the sight of blood and most of all, fear of pain. The pain is minimal. Some of would say it is like “gigit semut” (ant bite) though if one has been bitten by ants, the pain is greater than a needle prick.
Donating blood is one of the most important thing a person can do that makes a real life-saving difference. Our Blood Bank at Sarawak General Hospital is in constant need of blood supply due to its high need and also due to the short lifespan of some of the blood component. In the body, the Red Blood Cells have a lifespan of about 90 to 120 days before they die and the body produces new blood cells to replace the old ones. So why not donate blood rather than let it go to waste?
To find out if you are an eligible donor, there are certain criteria and requirement necessary. The confidential health questionnaire about your medical history must be filled and your blood iron level, weight, pulse and blood pressure checked and your health will be discussed with the doctor to determine if you could donate blood.
The blood collected will be processed into components of packed Red Blood Cells, Platelets and Plasma. The Red Blood Cells will be used to treat patients suffering from Thalassaemia, Leukaemia or Cancer and loss of blood from surgery. Platelets are essential for the treatment of Dengue Fever or Dengue Haemorrhagic Fever and also for Leukaemic and Cancer patients including DIVC (Disseminated Intravascular Coagulation) cases. The Plasma are processed into Cryoprecipitate to treat DIVC and Cyrosupernatant for the treatment of liver failure and Vitamin K deficiency.
Thanks to the 60 successful donors who came to donate blood at Wisma Mahmud. Your blood is the most previous gift that anyone can give to another person.