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Malaysians Encouraged To Donate Blood During MCO, Here’s How

Malaysians Encouraged To Donate Blood During MCO, Here’s How

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With the Covid-19 pandemic placing pressure on the nation’s healthcare systems and limited blood supply, Malaysia needs your help to replenish and maintain its stockpile of vital fluids.

Malaysians are encouraged to donate blood at their nearest, available blood donation centres.

Despite the Movement Control Order (MCO) being put in place, blood donors are given special permission to go out from the National Blood Centre and the Health Ministry (MOH).

As you may know, blood transfusions are essential to saving and improving lives. It’s used for a host of things from severe trauma cases and surgeries, to treating conditions such as thalassemia and sickle cell disease. And human blood can be disassembled, per se, to be made into a host of other life-saving products.

Componentes of the human blood
(Credit: Khan Academy)

Constant blood donations by a sufficient number of healthy people are needed to ensure that safe blood is available for use in the country.

With fears of infection looming about, medical experts reassured Malaysians that it is completely safe to donate blood during the coronavirus pandemic.

This is because coronaviruses such as Covid-19, SARS, and MERs are respiratory diseases and have no history of spreading through blood donations or transfusions.

Plus, Malaysian authorities are taking all the necessary steps to ensure the safety of authorized blood donation centers across the nation.

(Credit: MOH/Telegram)

Those who wish to donate their blood during the MCO can simply do so via 3 simple ways;

1- Red blood donation card

For frequent blood donors, you may simply visit any available blood donation centers nationwide and present your blood donation record book to the authorities.

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Example of the red donation card.
(Credit: Hafiz Rahim)

2- Permission slip

Donors can and will attain a special permission slip accessible for daily downloads on the National Blood Centre’s official Facebook page.

Donors would need to fill out an online form in order to attain the slip which can be printed out.

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(Credit: Facebook/National Blood Centre)

3- Online registration form

Another way for would-be donors is to fill out an online blood donor registration form, HERE.

(Credit: MOH)

Just make sure you bring along any of the proof above during your trip to show to the authorities if you get stopped along the way.

For those in the Klang Valley who wish to donate their blood during the MCO, you can do so at the following blood donation centers;

National Blood Centre, Jalan Tun Razak

Monday – Friday : 7.30 am – 8.00 pm
Saturday & Sunday: 8.00 am 6.00 pm

Puspanita Blood Donation Suite, Presint 10, Putrajaya

Monday : Closed
Tuesday – Friday : 10.00 am -  7.00 pm
Saturday & Sunday : 9.00 am – 6.00 pm

Midvalley Donation Suite, Mezzanine Level, Level 3 (Next to Daiso)

Monday – Sunday : 10.00 am – 5pm

For more details or information on how and where you can donate blood in your areas, you may contact the National Blood Centre at 03-26132777 or visit their Facebook page.

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