SGH needs 70 bags of blood daily, says Dr Sim

Dr Sim (right) visiting blood donors after officiating the Blood Donation Programme at Kozin Square, Kuching, today (Aug 22, 2020).

KUCHING, Aug 22: Sarawak General Hospital (SGH) as the main hospital in the state currently has enough supply of blood donated by members of the public despite the Covid-19 pandemic.

Minister Of Local Government and Housing, Datuk Seri Dr Sim Kui Hian said according to doctors and nurses at the SGH’s blood bank, 70 bags of blood is needed daily by the hospital for medical operations, patients suffering from low hemoglobin or anemia and other treatments including cancer.

“We are fortunate, even despite Covid-19, we have enough (supply of) blood, everyday they (SGH) need about 70 bags of blood,” he said after officiating the Blood Donation Programme at Kozin Square here today.

Dr Sim said the continuous supply of blood donated by the public during the Covid-19 pandemic was due to the innovative efforts by many local non governmental organisations  that organised blood donation campaigns at various venues outside SGH, that is now a Covid-19 hospital.

Dr Sim (left) talking with a nurse from blood bank of SGH during the Blood Donation Programme at Kozin Square, Kuching.

“I also very happy this morning, because I saw a lot of young people who donated their blood for the fourth and fifth time,” he said.


He urged those who could donate blood to step forward, adding that the body could produce back the amount of blood that had being donated after 14 days.

Dr Sim added that blood donated by members of the public cannot be kept for months in the blood bank because it could affect its effectiveness and the blood must be used within 14 days.-DayakDaily