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Health and Medical Benefits of Being A Blood Donor in Malaysia

Excerpt One donation of blood has the potential to save three lives, and regular blood donors in Malaysia are given special medical benefits. This article examines the health advantages and medical privileges provided to blood donors in Malaysia.

Article contribution by Homage Malaysia

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Blood Donation in Malaysia  

Blood donation has the power to save up to three lives at once. Blood is necessary for patients when they undergo life-saving surgeries and treatments, especially for trauma patients or those living with chronic conditions such as cancer. However, according to recent statistics, just 2.5 per cent of Malaysians who are physically capable of donating blood, do so, whereas the international average is 5 per cent. To meet the needs of patients across the country, our blood bank requires a steady supply of blood donations.

Other than saving lives, there are many health benefits to donating blood and those who donate blood in Malaysia can benefit from many medical perks offered by the Ministry of Health:

Source: Universiti Malaya Medical Centre

Health Benefits of Donating Blood

Donating blood is perfectly safe for healthy adults and can even have great benefits for your mental health. This includes:

●      Reduces stress

●      Improves your emotional well-being

●      Benefits physical health

●      Helps minimise negative emotions

●      Provides a sense of purpose and encourages social interaction

On top of this, blood donors go through a ‘mini health check-up’ before donation. Each blood donor goes through a series of health screening including:

●      Pulse and heart rate check

●      Body temperature measurement

●      Blood pressure test

●      Haemoglobin test

This provides blood donors with better insight into their health and helps detect any underlying conditions that may have not been discovered, otherwise.

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Where to Donate Blood

According to the National Blood Centre, there is a shortage in the blood supplies for the B and O negative blood types. Malaysians with this blood type are highly encouraged to donate at the nearest blood donation suite. In Klang Valley, there are 3 fixed blood donation locations for you to visit:

Pusat Darah Negara

Address: Pusat Darah Negara, Jalan Tun Razak

Opening Hours: Mon-Fri: 7.30 am - 8pm, Sat-Sun: 8 am - 4 pm

Contact Number: 03-2613 2688

Email: pdn@moh.gov.my


Pusat Darah Negara Midvalley Donation Suite

Address: T-063, 3rd-floor Mezzanine, Lingkaran Syed Putra, Mid Valley Megamall,

Opening Hours: Mon-Sun, 10 am - 6 pm

Contact Number: 03-2280 0349

Email: pdn@moh.gov.my


Pusat Darah Negara Puspanita Donation Suite

Address: PUSPANITAPURI, Presint 10, 62000 Putrajaya 

Opening Hours: Mon-Sun, 10 am - 6 pm

Contact Number: 03-88810084

Email: pdn@moh.gov.my

You may also donate blood at these hospitals:

●      Sultanah Aminah Hospital, 80100 Johor Bharu, Johor

●      Tuanku Jaafar Hospital, Jalan Rasah, 70300 Seremban, Negeri Sembilan.

●      Malacca Hospital, Jalan Mufti Hj.Khalil, 75499 Melaka.

●      Tengku Ampuan Rahimah Hospital, 41200 Klang, Selangor.

●      Raja Permaisuri Bainun Hospital, 30450 Ipoh, Perak.

●      Sultanah Bahiyah Hospital, 05100 Alor Star, Kedah.

●      Penang General Hospital, Jalan Residensi, 10450 Pulau Pinang.

●      Tuanku Fauziah Hospital, 01000 Kangar, Perlis.

●      Raja Perempuan Zainab II Hospital, Jalan Hospital, 15000 Kota Bharu, Kelantan.

●      Sultanah Nur Zahirah Hospital, 20400 Kuala Terengganu, Terengganu.

●      Tengku Ampuan Afzan Hospital, 25100 Kuantan, Pahang.

●      Sarawak General Hospital, Jalan Tun Ahmad Zaidi Adruse, 93586 Kuching, Sarawak.

●      Queen Elizabeth Hospital, 88586 Kota Kinabalu, Sabah.

The nation's blood supply needs our help - let's do our part to join the growing community of blood donors and lend a helping to those in need.

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