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  • Writer's pictureIlona Andrew


19 July 2021

By Ilona Andrew

KOTA KINABALU: A blood drive organised by the Sabah Thalassaemia Association has successfully collected 204 pints in its two days campaign, exceeding its initial target of 200 pints.

The blood donation drive is a weekly campaign that is held in different places. Last week, the drive was held in Kg Bantayan, Inanam.

President of Sabah Blood Donor Association (Pendarah) Alix Sunggin said the campaign aims to shore up supplies at Sabah hospitals.

"The blood supply in Sabah has been at a critical level ever since the first movement control order (MCO) was implemented last year.

"For this campaign, we were expecting about 200 donors during the two-day drive but saw 204 instead, with 304 registrations received," he told Nabalu News during the drive at Centre Point Sabah, yesterday.

Also present were Sabah Thalassaemia Society President Francis Mujim and United Progressive Kinabalu Organisation (Upko) Vice President Datuk Ewon Benedick.

According to Alix, when Covid-19 first hit several blood donation campaigns had to be postponed which caused the insufficient supplies in the blood bank of Sabah.

Even when blood donation campaigns were allowed last year many people were still reluctant to go out and donate in fear of contracting Covid-19, he added.

Alix (left), Ewon (seond left) and Francis (second right) pose for a group photo.

"With this initiative, we hope to prevent a shortage of blood supply in the hospitals."

The recent Integrated Blood Donation Campaign was in collaboration Sabah Blood Donor Association, CPS Management Corporation, Queen Elizabeth II Hospital, Sabah Youth Council, Malaysia St John Ambulance and Malaysian Blood Donor Organisation.

Also in collaboration is UPKO Malaysia, Community Development Leader Units of Likas, Luyang, 22 Tanjung Aru and Api-Api, as well as E-Noveal Trading Company Sdn Bhd, Papar District Volunteers, Kota Kinabalu Women's Cooperative, Kota Kinabalu Lion Club and Seindah Cafe.


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