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Sufficient blood for navy regular: National Blood Programme

It released a statement assuring well-wishers that due to regular blood donors there was enough for Jason Chee's transfusions. -AsiaOne

Fri, Dec 14, 2012
AsiaOne

SINGAPORE - The National Blood Programme said today that there is enough blood for the surgeries of Navy regular ME2 Jason Chee, who was critically injured on a warship on Monday.

It also said that the Singapore Red Cross has been recalling donors who are due for donation, and blood donors of O+ type to ensure sufficient stocks.

The National Blood Programme added that Singapore does not practice directed and replacement donations, where families and friends are obliged to donate blood for the patient or to replace blood used by the patient.

This is the full statement by the National Blood Programme:

We would like to assure all well-wishers that ME2 Jason Chee has been well supported by the National Blood Programme and there is sufficient blood for his surgeries. The Singapore Red Cross has already been recalling donors who are due for donation and blood donors of O+ type to ensure sufficient stocks.

We would like to thank the donors who have been prompted by this incident to come forward to donate blood. However, we would like to clarify that directed and replacement donations (where families and friends are obliged to donate blood for the patient or to replace blood used by the patient) are not practised in Singapore. Blood collected at our blood banks is available to all patients who need it. Voluntary and non-remunerated blood donation is key to the safety and quality of Singapore's blood supply.

Because of the regular contribution of donors, there was sufficient blood for ME2 Jason Chee and others when they needed transfusions. Therefore, we would like to remind our donors to give blood regularly. This ensures a constant and adequate blood supply in Singapore, and we are ready to meet urgent blood demands.

As we usually experience a seasonal dip in blood donation during festive periods, we would like to urge all healthy individuals between 18 and 60 years old, weighing at least 45 kg, to come forward to give blood regularly, especially during the year end and festive periods such as the Chinese New Year.

Donors who have not made a donation in the past 12 weeks are also encouraged to make appointment with the blood banks to donate blood again.

 
 
 
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