Penang General Hospital. Blood bank stock indicator. Passer-bys can know by looking at the indicator light whether the hospital is in urgent need of blood.
Yesterday, I blogged about the call for blood donation for type O negative. I gave the hospital telephone number and asked the public to call the hospital lab before thinking of going over. I spoke to the staff nurse in the paediatric ward who told me the little girl had gone for an operation.
Apparently, with the advance technology, news spread fast and it went as far as Sarawak. Well, some kind people did come forward to help. Some were searching high and low. Some called the telephone number provided (which definitely will not be answered because the parents are busy attending to their child).
Today, The Star has published the news :
Check before passing on SMS
The gist of it which we may want to note:
She said Jia Yin, a Year Three student of SJK(C) Keong Hoe, suddenly suffered a stroke at school on Wednesday, later found to have been caused by a tumour in her heart, a rare condition called atrial myxoma.
Lam Wah Ee blood bank’s consultant pathologist Dr P.K. Das, who also received the SMS, said the hospital had obtained six units of O negative blood on Saturday after calling donors with the rare blood group registered with the hospital.
â€œWe advise those with rare blood types to register with the hospital so that we can call them in future if the need arises,â€ he said.
So, good people out there, go donate your blood. You can do it anywhere, private or Government Hospital. Even if you donate it in a private hospital, the hospital doesn’t sell’ your blood. They may charge the patient who receive the blood some charges for lab and handling charges. And hospitals swap their supplies. Say, a private hospital urgently needs the blood which are not in stock, they will ask from other hospitals including the Government Hospital.
It is good to donate your blood. Do it regularly. Err…I can’t contribute ‘cos I am rejected twice so I am helping to campaign only. And donate the organs, as well. Do something good.