ACT, Indonesian Marine Corps, Indonesian Red Cross Society Hold Blood Donation Event to Increase Blood Availability

Together with the Marine Corps of the Indonesian Navy and the Indonesian Red Cross Society, ACT held a blood donation event. This activity aimed to provide blood for the disaster-stricken and those suffering from illnesses.

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Members of the Indonesian Navy and Marine Corps participate in blood donations. (ACTNews/M. Ubaidillah)

ACTNews, SOUTH JAKARTA – The demand for blood transfusion in Indonesia is very high especially during the Covid-19 pandemic. Sadly, the available supplies often don’t meet the demands. In response to this, Aksi Cepat Tanggap (ACT)'s Humanity Medical Services (HMS) and the Indonesian Red Cross Society (PMI) held a blood donation event at the Jakarta Marine Corps Headquarters, Wednesday (1/26/2022).

According to Dr. Alifa Astuti, M.D. from the ACT’s HMS team, during the Covid-19 pandemic, the number of blood donors decreased because they are afraid of donating their blood for fear of contracting COVID-19.

“Blood donation is important to help save people's lives. One drop of blood from the donors means a lot to those who suffer from illnesses like cancer and anemia," said Alifa, Wednesday (1/26/2022).

The event was attended by around 300 participants who donated their blood, including personnel of the Indonesian Marine Corps. Alifa hoped that more blood donation events will be held, involving more participants.

Intelligence Officer Staff at Jakarta Marine Headquarters (Pasintel Lanmar Jakarta) Lieutenant Colonel Imanda said that blood donation events are very important to help many people who are sick or those affected by disasters where the Indonesian Red Cross Society requires a lot of blood bags for patients.

Furthermore, Lt. Col. Imanda invited the public to donate blood, assuring that blood donation activity during the COVID-19 pandemic is carried out while maintaining strict health protocols, including registration and health screening.

“This is not the first time that members of the Indonesian Navy have conducted a blood donation event, especially the Marine Corps. Hopefully, this activity will continue. The leaders of the Indonesian Navy appreciate ACT and the Indonesian Red Cross Society for organizing this blood donation event," he said.

The event also served to raise awareness about the conditions faced by the survivors of the Mount Semeru eruption as they enter the post-disaster recovery phase. []