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Mon Space Group Blood Donation Campaign

We love to glorify “heroes”—people who are able and willing to save lives of others; but do you know that almost every healthy adult can be a hero and save many lives? A short and almost painless procedure that you undergo can make the difference between life and death to another person. Recognising the importance of blood donation, Mon Space Group Asia and I organised a blood donation campaign in conjunction with Pusat Darah Negara (The National Blood Bank of Malaysia).

The event was participated by Malaysians of various ethnicities, religion, and age. Enthusiastic donors started streaming in to the venue as soon as the donation drive started. After answering some questions concerning their health and donation history, they filled up a form and underwent a quick physical check to ensure that each donor is healthy enough to give blood. I was impressed by how meticulous and kind the health workers were, carefully ensuring that all donors felt comfortable, and patiently answered every question. In total, 58 people registered at the event, out of which 50 people were eligible donors.

I want to take this opportunity to highlight the importance of blood donations. Despite medical and technological advances, there is currently no way to make blood, nor can we use any other substitute besides real human blood. Therefore, the only way to ensure blood supply at our hospitals is via blood donations.

Another reason why we need constant blood donation drives is that blood and its components have a limited life. Plasma can be stored for a year, red blood cell concentrates can be kept for 42 days, and platelets can be kept for only five days! Right now, Malaysia needs about four to five hundred units of blood per day.

The good news is, each donation can help up to three people. Apart from helping others, regular blood donors also receive benefits themselves:

  1. Anyone who donates more than 50 times is entitled to free outpatient treatment at any government hospital.
  2. Malaysians who donate twice in a year are entitled to a free Hepatitis B vaccine shot.
  3. Regular blood donors also enjoy free health screenings every six months
  4. Preserves cardiovascular health by promoting blood flow
  5. Reduces the risk of cancer by keeping your iron levels balanced
  6. Burns calories! People burn approximately 650 calories per donation of one pint of blood

Lastly, blood donations are also great reminders that deep down we are all the same. When truly in need, no one asks whether the blood they are receiving comes from a Malay, Chinese or Indian person. May this be a constant reminder to all of us to keep giving and caring, no matter who we are and who is in need of help.

Thank you to Pusat Darah Negara and everyone who made the blood donation drive a success.

References:

  1. http://www.medicaldaily.com/why-donating-blood-good-your-health-246379
  2. http://www.thestar.com.my/news/community/2014/08/02/things-you-didnt-know-about-blood-donation-only-25-malaysians-are-donors/
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Mon Space集团举办捐血运动  呼吁民众踊跃捐血

据世卫组(WHO)估算,每千人中至少有10份献血才能表明一个国家能满足一般输血供应。然而,据本组织关于血液安全和供应的最新调查显示,75个国家报告的献血采集量低于此标准。

另外,采供血机构中保证为输血提供安全、充足的血液以及血液制品的最佳途径是由自愿无偿献血者定期捐献良好血液而形成的。

然而全球对于血液和血液制品的需求每年都在增加,特别是低收入和中等收入国家,存在供不应求现象,采供血机构很难既提供充足的血液,同时又确保血液的质量和安全性。

因为意识到捐血的重要性,我与Mon Space集团为了履行企业社会责任( CSR programme,决定帮助国家中央血库(The National Blood Bank of Malaysia)主办一个捐血运动)

最令我感动的是,许多民众不分种族以及肤色,携带家人与朋友踊跃的参与这项有意义的活动,并且非常有耐心的聆听医护人员的讲解并等待捐血。

而在场的医护人员热心的为现场的民众解释捐血的过程,在帮民众测试血液以及抽血的过程中也显得非常专业。

亲爱的读者,你知道吗?

健康的血液对世界帮助颇大,例如能帮助罹患危及生命病症的病人活得更长、对一些复杂的医学和外科操作带而言,足够的血液有莫大的帮助。而健康与足够的血液对孕产妇和儿童保健以及在人为和自然灾害的救援方面更是重要。

最后,我要再次感谢国家中央血库的鼎力支持以及各位踊跃参与捐血运动民众。也再次呼吁各位,你的一滴血,能挽救一个生命,请无偿捐血,定期捐血,捐血事关重要。[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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