The Malaysia Ministry of Health (MOH) had recently suggested an idea to encourage the public to become blood donors by giving them priority for the second phase of the National Covid-19 Immunization Program.
While the idea is still under consideration, MOH said that those who have donated more than 50 times will be prioritized for the vaccination.
As reported by Bernama, Health Minister, Datuk Seri Dr Adham Baba said that the MOH would submit the proposal to the Jawatankuasa Khas Jaminan Akses Bekalan Vaksin (JKJAV). He added that “It is a good proposal and an incentive for blood donors in Malaysia”.
According to his records, there were 652,671 bags of blood being donated by the public and it is a 12.3 percent decrease comparing to 2019, and it is mainly due to the pandemic.
Despite having a decrease, the National Blood Centre still have enough supply of blood as of now.
Dr Adham added that the National Blood Centre will continue its operations until night time during the fasting month to allow Muslims to donate blood after breaking their fast.
Apart from that, blood donation campaign organizers can still continue to organize campaigns in the month of Ramadan as blood supply is expected to dwindle.
This is good news for all blood donors!