Wee (right) talking to Hong Bau Seng, one of the blood donors at the Blood Donation Drive at MBKS Hall today. Looking on from left are head of Transfusion and Blood Bank Sarawak General Hospital Masrin Md Zahrin, Tay Motor owner Aaron Tay and Malaysia Red Crescent Kuching District Blood Recruitment chairman John Jong look on. Photo: Ramidi Subari

KUCHING: The Mayor of Kuching South City Council (MBKS) today suggested that the federal government set up a Blood Bank building for hospitals in the state.

Datuk Wee Hong Seng made the suggestion while visiting a blood donation programme at the MBKS Community Hall on Sunday (Sept 20). The programme began on Saturday (Sept 19).

“The Sarawak General Hospital is currently crowded and cramped and it will be good for the Blood Bank to have its own building.

“Perhaps the federal government should consider the suggestion as the Health Department is under the jurisdiction of the federal government,” he said.

The blood donation programme entitled ‘Let’s Share Blood For Life’, was organised by Tay Motors in collaboration with the Malaysian Red Crescent (MRC Sarawak) and the Sarawak General Hospital (SGH) Blood Bank.

According to Wee, blood donation programmes have been held since March 24 with the setting up of a blood collection centre at the community hall.

The Blood Donation Drive in progress. Photo: Ramidi Subari