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Phuket Red Cross pumps up blood donation campaign

Legacy Phuket Gazette



PHUKET: The Phuket Regional Blood Center (RBC) has stepped up it mobile blood collection campaign as blood stocks are dangerously low following the annual Songkran Festival last month, which resulted in a surge in road accidents in the region.

The Phuket RBC, run by the Thai Red Cross Society, is responsible for collection of blood stocks in Phang Nga, Krabi, Trang, Satun and Ranong as well as Phuket.

Kanda Thawonnila, a Thai Red Cross official who works at the center in Saphan Hin, told the Phuket Gazette that the RBC will conduct 29 mobile collection campaigns this month in order to get stocks back up to acceptable levels.

Especially needed at the moment are donations of A+ and B+ blood types.

The RBC also values donations of rare rhesus-negative blood types, which are far less common among Thais than Caucasians. However, stocks of negative blood are currently adequate, Ms Kanda said.

Staff at the mobile collection held at Big C Supercenter yesterday told the Gazette that they received a good response, with more than 30 donors rolling up their sleeves to help others in need.

The schedule for the rest of May is:

May 3: Central Festival Phuket, noon to 6pm

May 4: Big C Supercenter, noon to 7pm

May 5: Central Festival Phuket, noon to 6pm

May 6: Central Festival Phuket, noon to 6pm

May 7-9: Tesco Lotus (bypass road), noon to 7pm

May 10: Mission Hospital, 10am to 2pm

May 11: Labor Court Region 8, 10am to 3pm

May 12: Muang Thai Life Assurance Ltd, Krabi, 9am to noon

May 13: Patong Merlin Hotel, 1pm to 4pm

May 14: Merlin Beach Resort, Patong, 1pm to 4pm

May 15: Home Products Center, Chalong: 1pm to 4pm

May 16: Phang Nga Naval Base, Tap Lamu, 9am to noon

May 17: Cherng Talay Tambon Administration Organization, 10am to 3pm

May 18: ST Honda, Phuket Town, 10am to 3pm

May 19: Andaman Cannacia Resort, Kata, 1pm to 4pm

May 20: Movenpick Resort, Karon, 9am to 3pm

May 21: Ammart Phaanitnukul, Paknam, Krabi, 9am to 2pm

May 22: Anuphas Group of Companies, Phuket Town, 9am to 3pm

May 23: Trisara Resort, Cherng Talay: 1am to 4pm

May 24: Phang Nga Timber Industries Co Ltd, 9am to noon

May 25: Tai Muang District Office, Phang Nga, 1am to 4pm

May 26: Tai Muang Witthaya School, 1am to 4pm

May 27: Allamanda Resort, Laguna, Cherng Talay, 10am to 3pm

May 28: JW Marriott Resort, Mai Khao, 1pm to 4pm

May 29: Rajaprajanugroh School, Phang Nga, 9am to noon

For more information about the mobile blood clinic, contact the Phuket Regional Blood Center:

38/193 Rattanakosin 200 Pi Road,
Talad Nua, Muang, Phuket 83000
Tel: 076-251178. Fax. 076-250185

— Stephen Fein


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