KOTA KINABALU: Blood banks of hospitals in Sabah are not facing a serious shortage of supply, said State Health Director Dr Christina Rundi.
She said through the ‘Bloodline Sabah’ database, her department could efficiently monitor the level of blood supply at each hospital in Sabah.
“There will be times where the supply of blood at the blood banks of hospital in the state might not be enough but with the data system that we have, it allows us to find sources of blood supply from other hospitals in other districts, and if there still is a shortage, we will request it from other states such as the hospital in Federal Territory of Labuan,” she said, recently.
Dr Christina said, however, blood supply stocks would not last long without the support of all parties.
“For blood supply, we rely on people to come forward to donate either by going to the hospital or during a blood donation campaign, and we also have relations with many non-governmental organisations who help us with the blood donation campaigns as Komuniti Pertubuhan Penderma Darah Malaysia (Perdarah), ” she said.
Meanwhile, Dr Christina said the media played an important role to assist the State Health Department to establish a public perception about the importance of keeping the local areas clean to address the rising dengue cases
She said a total of 394 dengue cases had been recorded by the State Health Department from January until February 8 this year, an increase of 225 cases compared to during the same period last year, with 169 cases.
Among the areas that recorded the highest number of cases was Kota Kinabalu with a total of 187 cases, followed by Penampang (51), Sandakan (32) and Semporna (27). – BERNAMA