MIRI: The Malaysian Red Crescent, Miri District (MRC) Training Institute here has since March 25 last year, been utilised as a mobile and offsite blood donation centre in Miri City.
As part of the ongoing efforts and collaboration with non-governmental organisations (NGOs), a blood donation drive was held at the institute in collaboration with St Joseph School alumni and the school’s Parent Teacher Association on Saturday.
Transport Minister Datuk Lee Kim Shin who is also honorary advisor to the school alumni, officiated at the event.
A total of 53 persons registered and 44 were successful in donating much needed blood.
Lee noted that the MRC Training Institute was a suitable and safe place for holding blood donations, outside of the Miri Hospital Blood Bank.
As minister in charge of Miri Divisional Disaster Management Committee, he announced that until further notice all mobile blood donation campaigns would be held here on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays from 8.30am to 1pm.
He noted that the number of blood donors going to the Miri Hospital has dropped significantly due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
He emphasised the need to build up the blood stocks at Miri Hospital before the upcoming Chinese New Year festive season and urged the people here to come forward to help in this life saving effort.
Any blood donor who wishes to donate or make enquiries at MRC can contact Cr Karambir Singh by WhatsApp or phone at 0168785500 at any time or the staff at 085420236 during office hours.