19 December: Eagles Rugby Club (ERC), in collaboration with Hospital Duchess of Kent (HDOK) Blood Bank, Sandakan, very successfully carried out the Blood Donation Drive within the club premise earlier today.
In a special interview with the General Manager of ERC, Raimi Yusoff said, as a community-based rugby club, we are proud to host the blood donation drive for the second time this year.
“This time around, there has been an increase in participation from the public,” he added.
“We hope to host this campaign quarterly to support HDOK that has been working hard endlessly to ensure the public has a sufficient supply of blood for medical use,” said Raimi.
In the meantime, Dr. Nurul Shazltiana Husin Jamal of HDOK blood bank said, access to safe blood and blood product is essential to every healthcare facility worldwide.
“However, it is challenging to ensure sufficient supply for the demand that we have here in Sandakan, as we also supply to the nearby districts such as Beluran and Kinabatangan,” she said.
“Blood donation drives such as this help make a lot of difference in our supply. A single donation potentially saves three lives,” Nurul added.
Besides, blood products are constantly being used in patients with Thalassemia, chronic Illness, mothers who lose excessive amounts of blood during childbirth, and many other conditions.
On the other hand, donating blood also benefits the donor – improves cardiovascular health, reduction of a certain type of cancer.
Meanwhile, Raimi and his team at ERC would like to thank everyone involved in the campaign and looking forward to continued collaboration with HDOK in 2021.
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To get more details on how to organize a blood donation drive, please visit the National Blood Bank (Pusat Darah Negara) official website.
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