Transfusion of blood and blood products help save millions of lives every year. It can help patients to recover, live longer and improve their life quality. Blood supplies are highly needed in complex medical and surgical procedures. According to the Minister of Health, the donated blood can help save victims who are involved in emergency situations such as road accidents and natural disasters.

Yang Berhormat Dato Paduka Dr Hj Mohd Isham bin Jaafar stated the matter in a message in conjunction with the World Blood Donor Day celebrated worldwide on every 14th of June, specifically to celebrate voluntary blood donors. It is celebrated as a show of appreciation for the blood donors who voluntarily donate their blood, apart from raising awareness on the importance of continuous blood donation to ensure that the blood supply remains sufficient, safe and of quality for the use of patients in need.

This year's theme focus on the public's awareness towards blood donation as an act of solidarity based on the theme 'Be there for someone else. Give blood. Save life'. It highlights the fundamental human values of altruism, respect, empathy and kindness through voluntary blood donation. The theme also underlined the roles of each voluntary blood donors in encouraging people to care for one another and create a united community.

In 2017, Brunei Darussalam received a total of 16 thousand 104 blood donors, 2 thousand 973 of them were newly registered. The figure showed that the country has achieved the goals set by the World Health Organisation, WHO, namely the annual achievement of total blood donation from 1-3 percent out of the total number of residents to meet the country's need in tackling emergency situations. The country's achievement last year was 2 point 6 percent, and was consistent with the achievements in 2014. The Blood Donation Centre welcomes volunteers and encourages volunteering campaigns to empower and expand blood donation campaigns to attract more blood donors.

The centre also plans to conduct a number of activities to enhance the quality of blood donation services. This includes briefing for the public on the benefits and the needs for blood donation, introducing the 'bloodkad', an online blood donation management system to facilitate blood donation, and welcoming new blood donation campaigns. For more information regarding the activities of the Blood Donation Centre, follow the Facebook page bloodbankripas.brunei or Instagram or Twitter @bloodbank_ripas.

Source: Radio Television Brunei