The National Blood Transfusion Centre has announced that it needs to increase its blood supply in order to meet rising demands.
Hok Kim Cheng, director of the National Blood Transfusion Centre, said that in order to operate at full capacity this year, blood centres will need 85,000 units of blood donations, an increase of about 20 percent when compared to the same period last year.
Mr Kim Cheng said that last year NBTC distributed 75,000 units to patients in hospitals around the country.
“The demand increases because the number of patients also increases every year,” Mr Kim Cheng said. “That’s why we need enough to meet the demand.”
He added that for the first five months of 2018, the centre received 35,000 units of blood.
Sin Sokomoth, deputy director of the Cho Ray hospital in Phnom Penh, said that the hospital will host a charity event in order to support NBTC.
Dr Sokomoth said that the hospital will give a chance to private companies to also donate blood to the centre.
“We notice that NBTC is always lacking blood supply especially when patients need it the most,” he said. “In response, my hospital twice per year donates blood to the centre.”
Sem Vichika, a blood donor from Phnom Penh, said that she gives blood twice a year as a social cause. Ms Vichika said that there’s a common misconception that donating blood will negatively affect health, noting that doctors explained to her that donating blood doesn’t have a negative impact on a person’s health.
“When I come to donate blood, I feel like I could help someone live,” she said.