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Blood donations up by 45% after appeal, but supply still not at healthy levels: Ong Ye Kung

The blood stocks for negative groups such as A- and B- are "also currently running low", said Health Minister Ong Ye Kung.

Blood donations up by 45% after appeal, but supply still not at healthy levels: Ong Ye Kung

More than 1,700 donors of all blood types stepped forward to donate blood in the past four days, says Health Minister Ong Ye Kung. (Photo: Facebook/Singapore Red Cross)

SINGAPORE: Blood donations in Singapore saw a 45 per cent increase after health authorities appealed for more donors of A+ and O+ blood last week, said Health Minister Ong Ye Kung on Thursday (Jul 14).

More blood is still needed, however, as the stocks for all blood types are still not at healthy levels yet, he added.

More than 1,700 donors - representing all blood groups - stepped forward to donate their blood over the past four days, said Mr Ong said in a Facebook post.

“This is a 45 per cent increase from our usual collection – a strong sign of unity and support from everyone,” he said.

However, he added that blood stocks are “not at healthy levels yet”, with those for the negative blood groups such as A-, B-, O- and AB- “currently running low”.

“So if you are an eligible blood donor, please come forward,” Mr Ong said.

In his post last week, Mr Ong said that stocks of A+ and O+ blood were running low and that major elective surgeries requiring those two blood units were at risk of being postponed.

Those who are interested to donate blood may visit giveblood.sg to check their eligibility and make an appointment. Residents can also walk into any blood bank or community blood drive to donate.

Source: CNA/ng
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