Written by Benedict Lee

About 500 donors with type O blood, the universal blood group, are needed over the next two weeks to bring type O blood stock up to a healthy level. It is essential to save nearly half of the patients who cannot accept other blood groups and other patients involved in emergency situations with unknown blood groups. The relevant agencies aim to have at least six days’ supply of type O blood to meet daily transfusion needs and bleeding emergencies. Unfortunately, despite much publicity efforts, public response has been slow.

If you have type O blood, 16-60 years old and weight at least 45 kg, please bring your NRIC or passport (and a signed parental consent form if applicable) along to donate blood. You should have plenty of fluids, a light meal and adequate rest before donation. These links provide more information about blood donation in general and upcoming blood donation drives.

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