PIHDM 2018 Lenten Project – Blood Donation and Health Screening - 18th March, 2018

The Visitation PIHDM for the 3rd consecutive year, organised a blood donation and health screening campaign on 18th March, 2018 (the previous campaign was held on 2nd April, 2017). The campaign was part of the on-going towards 170 years celebration of the church. Held on the 5th Sunday of Lent in the Visitation community hall, a 14-team member consisting of doctors, nurses and medical laboratory technicians from the Hospital Tuanku Ja’afar, Seremban (HTJS) were involved in the blood donation campaign which started at about 8.45am and ended at 3.00 pm.

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For the health screening section, a team of 5 Catholic doctors from Kuala Lumpur came and offered their services. The night before the campaign, some members from the PIHDM led by its chairperson Patricia Lee, were seen arranging the tables and chairs. The following day, more members under the umbrella of the ministry came forward and non-members as well to help out to ensure all goes well during the campaign. Two of the non-member volunteers were Saravanan, a fitness trainer from Kuala Lumpur who came to help his brother in-law, a parishioner of Visitation and Kamala Devi, a retired HTJS staff nurse.

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Donors and some for the first time, started to walked in to register after the 7.30 am Tamil mass and subsequently after all the other Sunday masses. Registration counters were opened outside of the hall before the registered donors were ushered into the hall. A total of 9 foldable blood donor beds were prepared by the HTJS staffs. Inside the hall, family members could be seen surrounding and giving moral support to their loved ones while donating blood. At closed of the campaign, a total of 103 pints of blood were successfully collected, 17 short of the targeted 120 pints. The figure was much lower compared to last year where 151 pints were collected. The low in number was largely attributed due to some 40 hopeful donors were rejected due to various medical reasons.

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At the health screening section, the poor and the migrants were attended to and given priority to get their free health screening. Among the screening conducted was blood pressure, body mass index (BMI) and random blood glucose. Also benefited from the health screening were some 8 children from the Bidara orphanage home.

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Donating blood is an act of selfless giving and a good way to give back to the community. The 103 pints collected on that day could help save some 309 lives! (One pint can help save up to three people).

Photos by Visitation Social Communication & Media Ministry.