Calling on blood donors to help out

Many hospitals across the country are facing a historic blood-shortage crisis as the Thai Red Cross National Blood Centre doesn't have enough blood due to a new wave of Covid-19, which has prevented people from leaving home.

This time around, the number of blood donors has dropped by half and it is affecting patients waiting for a blood transfusion at hospitals.

Therefore, the centre is calling on all healthy persons between 17 and 70 years old to donate blood at the centre and other venues such as the Blood and Plasma Donation Center at the Red Cross Station 11 at Wiset Niyom, Bang Khae; the National Blood Service Sector in 12 provinces; and all provincial hospitals nationwide.

However, blood donors are required to answer truthfully about their health and travel history. In case they are unsure if they are at risk of contracting the Covid-19, they are advised to refrain from donating blood for four weeks.

To self-screen yourself before donation, visit bit.ly/2WdB1ws and check out bit.ly/2waeyr2 to see if you're qualified to donate blood or not. Those preferring to donate blood at the mobile blood units can check schedules at bit.ly/2WXPsGV.

The Thai Red Cross National Blood Centre is located on Henri Dunant Road and is open daily from 7.30am to 7.30pm on weekdays and 8.30am to 3.30pm on weekends and public holidays.

photo courtesy of facebook.com/nbctrc

Call 02-256-4300.

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