13 August 2013 - The National Blood Centre Malaysia director, Dr Roshida Hasan said the licensed private hospitals are allowed to operate blood bank services and carry out blood donation campaigns. It is under the Private Healthcare and Facilities Act.
However the standards used for collection, donor screening, screening for transfusion transmitted infection, component preparation and storage should meet the standards set by the Health Ministry.
The National Blood Centre Malaysia supplied blood to many private hospitals although some carried out their own collection. Dr Roshida in the interview said that the blood banks at all hospitals should also have enough stock to last for at least five days. The National Blood Centre Malaysia director said that the stock enough for seven days which it supplied to most hospitals, although the recommendation was only for five days.
Dr Roshida denying a report stating that the centre only had enough stock for two days. She also said that the centre also considering other ways to ensure sufficient stock. The other ways including encouraging blood donation among younger Malaysians and improving collection efforts during festive periods.
” DON’T GIVE BLOOD IF YOU HAVE HIGH RISK LIFESTYLE”
Dr Roshida also persuade people with high risk lifestyle to stop donating blood although they feel they are healthy. It’s to prevent the blood from infections or viruses. The National Blood Centre Malaysia has stringent donor screening procedures and laboratory test but there was still the danger of the supply being tainted.
The centre had been seeing an increase of blood tainted with diseases like syphilis and a fairly consistent trend for HIV in recent years. The quantity of donated blood found to be reactive upon screening was between 0.1% and 0.2% of the total blood donated each year. To ensure recipients are not given tainted blood, the centre has established a database with all ministry’s blood banks and collection centres on donors who had been confirmed to be infected with transmissible infections such as HIV, Hepatitis B and C and syphilis.
National Blood Centre Malaysia need on average a demand for between 1,500 and 1,600 donations a day.
Reference : - The Star
National Blood Centre Malaysia Address
National Blood Centre – Pusat Darah Negara
Jalan Tun Razak
Kuala Lumpur 50400, Malaysia
Tel.: (603) 2693 3888
Fax: (603) 2698 0362
Website : www.pdn.gov.my