Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin said the ministry will periodically improve the provision of incentives to blood donors.
He said these incentives would not be in the form of cash but are strictly related to healthcare services instead.
“We will improve the incentives from time to time, but they will be related to healthcare services… for example, the incentive could be receiving treatment in class two wards or being given priority for certain treatment.”
“There are no plans to give cash incentives. Perhaps, after this, it can be expanded not only in terms of medical treatment but to include preventive healthcare and so on,” he said, reported Bernama.
Khairy also revealed that the new blood donation card feature in the MySejahtera app had received a great response from the public.
“Blood donors no longer need to bring their cards. Today, we issued digital cards but after more improvements, each time they donate blood, we will enter their record and they need not bring their red book with them anymore,” he said.
In September, when attending a health awareness campaign, Deputy Health Minister I Datuk Dr Noor Azmi Ghazali urged the public to join the nationwide blood donation campaign to help save lives of fellow Malaysians.
“Donating blood doesn’t cost us any money but has the potential to save many people’s lives and as such, should be the responsibility of every healthy Malaysian citizen.”
“Without the support of the public, it would be impossible for the National Blood Bank and other blood banks throughout the country to provide enough blood to meet our country’s growing needs,” he was quoted as saying.
According to the Blood Bank, around 2,000 bags of blood are used for 1,000-odd patients nationwide daily, with the Klang Valley accounting for over 25% of the total national blood bag usage.
What does MySejahtera does now?
Following the ministry’s announcement that Malaysians no longer need to check in with the MySejahtera app as part of the country’s reopening following the Covid-19 pandemic, several new features had been introduced to the app to retain its relevance.
Among the new features include:
- providing the latest information on users’ health status
- a one-stop application to facilitate users in obtaining information and monitoring COVID-19
- pledging to be an organ donor
- health appointments
- blood donation registration and records
- infectious disease tracker
Apart from that, the ministry is also planning for MySejahtera to offer various health services such as health trends, teleconsultation, self-health screening input, prescription or medication and others.