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Updated on March 8, 2019 From The Global New Light of Myanmar

Number of blood donors signing up online rises

The number of blood donors who booked appointments on the website of the National Blood Centre-Myanmar (NBC) has surpassed that of last year, a senior health official said Thursday.
       “There were very few donors who booked through the website last year, but this year the number of donors has risen to 10 to 20 donors per day. Most of the donors are from Yangon Region,” Assistant Director Dr Daw Nwe Nwe Oo, media officer of the NBC, said.
       The website started soliciting donors in March 2017 in a bid to increase the supply of blood to major hospitals in Yangon.
       “Booking through the website is convenient. We can book to donate blood when we are free,” said Ko Htet Aung, a regular donor in Hlaing township.
       The centre will analyse the use of blood components by major hospitals in Yangon to determine the need to expand its facilities. It said it provides at least 300 units a day to hospitals.
       The centre collected over 110,000 units in 2016 and over 140,000 units in 2017 from 50 to 100 donors per day.
       The centre now receives blood from almost 150 donors per day and at least 20 blood donation events per month.
       The 14 hospitals supplied with blood components by the centre include Yangon General Hospital, New Yangon General Hospital, Yangon Specialty Hospital, the Orthopaedic Hospital, the Workers’ Hospital, the Yangon Ear, Nose and Throat Hospital, Yangon Eye Specialist Hospital, North Okkalapa General Hospital, Hlaing Tharyar General Hospital, Wai Bargi Hospital, Mingalardon Hospital, Aung San TB Specialty Hospital, Thaketa Hospital and Jivitadana Sangha Hospital.
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