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Thai Red Cross Society calls for urgent blood donations, reserves run critically low




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The Thai Red Cross is urging people to donate blood as Thailand hospitals are in “critical condition.” Blood reserves have run low and the number of blood donors has dropped by 50%, according to the Thai Red Cross Society.

The Covid-19 pandemic has contributed to the dwindling blood supply. Many people are worried about Covid-19 and less likely to donate blood, the TRCS says. The mobile collection units also had to halt its operations due to the restrictions to prevent the spread of Covid-19.

Those who want to donate blood are asked to cooperate with the TRCS in revealing the truth about personal health conditions and travel history such as any visits to “high risk” areas.

“If unsure, you should temporarily refrain from donating blood for four weeks, wear a face mask every time you travel, donate blood, wash your hands frequently and keep a distance.”

Healthy people are urged to donate blood every 3 months, 4 times a year, at the TRCS and other spots as follows…

  • National Blood Service Center, Thai Red Cross Society
  • Blood and Plasma Donation Center, 11th Red Cross Station, Wiset Niyom and Bang Khae branch
  • National Blood Service Sector
  • Blood donation service
  • Provincial hospitals across the country

SOURCE: Thai PBS World | The Nation


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    Monday, January 11, 2021 at 11:30 am

    Where near Wat Ket, Muang Chiang Mai, can I donate blood?

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    Monday, January 11, 2021 at 11:43 am

    The same at Koh Phangan?

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    Monday, January 11, 2021 at 2:15 pm

    Just came back from the nearest place, always nice to do something good and helpful for others! The RC staff confirmed that there’s a real shortage, all over Thailand. So please take the time and do the same.

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    Monday, January 11, 2021 at 2:28 pm

    I have just read this story after returning from Phuket Town Red Cross where I bleed out 450ml . Glad to know I have helped in a small way. It is Super easy to deal with the staff etc.

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    Toby Andrews

    Monday, January 11, 2021 at 4:19 pm

    I would give it, but if I needed a transfusion they would charge me for it. Thais would receive it free!
    However to be fair the national health service in the UK sell donated blood to private hospitals.

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      Monday, January 11, 2021 at 4:50 pm

      True, although I care more about the poor Thais getting into motorbike accident, who needs my blood then anything else ++ I have an insurance that would pay for any needed blood transfusion I’d need, so all good there *smile*

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      Issan John

      Monday, January 11, 2021 at 6:29 pm

      … and, to be fair, “the national health service in the UK” wouldn’t only charge Thais in the UK unless they’re working or resident there but they’d charge you as well, Toby!

      … and since in England and Wales they charge at 150% (only 100% in Scotland!) you’d pay a hell of a lot more there than you would here (if they let you back in) 🙂

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        Toby Andrews

        Tuesday, January 12, 2021 at 12:38 am

        Where are your sources for these prices, or did you start drinking Leo at noon?
        When you sober up give us the prices the Thais charge a felang for a blood transfusion.

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    Monday, January 11, 2021 at 6:58 pm

    After a motorcycle accident here, I have about 70% Thai blood. I’d like to donate. They would get mostly Thai blood back.

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