The Sabah branch of the Malaysian Red Crescent Society (BSMM Sabah) has put out an appeal for blood, saying supply is at a critical level at three hospitals in the state.
Leslie Chan, COVID-19 Pandemic Blood Programme coordinator, named the hospitals as Queen Elizabeth I in this city, the Kudat Hospital and the Tuaran Hospital.
The BSMM Blood Programme deputy chairman said a blood donation programme will be carried out at the BSMM Sabah building here every Friday to Sunday this month from 9 am to 4 pm.
“Donors are fearful of donating blood due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the Sabah Blood Bank Unit has had to get blood supply from Kuala Lumpur Hospital and Sarawak General Hospital,” he said in a statement.
The Sabah Blood Bank Unit secured 600 pints of blood in March and 850 pints in September from two hospitals, he said, adding that hospitals in Sabah need at least 300 pints of blood daily. - Bernama