Blood transfusion and blood products can save millions of lives each year. Blood transfusion process and blood products can assist an individual in various situation including during emergencies, disasters and when the victim is in trauma. It is also for patients who are experiencing bleeding or have blood disorder.
In the message in conjunction with the World Blood Donor Day 2019, Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Doctor Haji Mohammad Isham bin Haji Jaafar, Minister of Health expressed his appreciation to all blood donors who voluntarily donate their blood without hoping for any compensation. Apart from that, the celebration also aims to raise awareness on the need for continuous blood donation to ensure that the blood supply is sufficient, safe and of quality for patients in need.
According to Yang Berhormat, this year's celebration theme was Blood Donation and Universal Access to Safe Blood Transfusion. The theme focuses on continuous blood donation by creating universal access as a component to achieve the universal health coverage. Meanwhile, the slogan for this year's campaign was Safe Blood for all that highlights the importance of raising awareness on universal access to safe blood in healthcare.
The theme also encourages the people throughout the world including Brunei Darussalam to step up as a blood donor and donate from time to time continuously for a sustainable national blood supply that are adequate to meet the needs of patients who requires blood transfusion. The theme is also a call-to-action for government, health authorities and national blood services to provide enough ample supply and prepare a system as well as infrastructure to increase blood collection from blood donors; provide quality care for donors; encourage and implement the use of suitable clinical blood; and establish monitoring system for all blood transfusion chain in the country.
According to Yang Berhormat, blood donation activities and campaigns are continuous practices in the country. The Ministry of Health through the Blood Donation Centre, will continue to work together with other government agencies, education institutions, uniformed organisations, the private sector and non-government organisations in coordinating blood donation campaigns at all districts. In 2018, the Blood Donation Centre recorded 15 thousand 537 blood collection from 12 thousand 613 blood donors, including 3 thousand 234 newly registered blood donors. Whereas in 2017, 16 thousand 104 blood collections were recorded including from 2 thousand 973 newly registered blood donor. Despite the slight reduction in last year's blood collection compared to the previous year, the country is still able to meet the goals recommended by the World Health Organisation, WHO, that is the annual achievement of total blood donation from 1 to 3 percent from the total population to meet the country's need in times of emergency. In 2018, Brunei Darussalam's percentage achievement was 3 point 0-4 percent, and this figure is consistent with the achievement in 2014.
In the past 2 years, the Ministry of Health found that the trend of transfusion transmissible infections or TTI's among blood donors is increasing. Therefore, the Blood Donation Centre has planned and establish several systematic measures with the aim to improve blood quality throughout this year. This includes enhance safe blood supply through Nucleic Acid Test, reduce blood transfusion reaction by using blood packs where the white blood cells have been extracted, and strengthen blood donation methods that are safe based on the Blood Donation Guide Book that has been recognised and updated. Such actions can build a solid foundation to ensure safe and quality blood supply to meet the needs of patients who requires blood transfusion.
Source: Radio Television Brunei