‘Blood do­na­tion get­ting pop­u­lar among com­pany em­ploy­ees’

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KUCHING: Brooke Dock­yard and En­gi­neer­ing Works Cor­po­ra­tion has been or­gan­is­ing blood do­na­tion cam­paigns among cor­po­rate and pro­ject per­son­nel through­out the year.

This pro­gramme is one of the or­gan­i­sa­tion’s cor­po­rate so­cial re­spon­si­bil­i­ties ( CSR) for many years since year 2000 and is or­gan­ised quar­terly.

“The pro­gramme in­cor­po­rated into the cor­po­rate and pro­ject HSE Plan is get­ting pop­u­lar among el­i­gi­ble blood donors, se­nior and ju­nior staff, and con­trac­tor’s staff.

“Ac­cord­ing to an oc­cu­pa­tional health nurse ( OHN), the five ben­e­fits of do­nat­ing blood are sav­ing hu­man lives, free med­i­cal check- up, re­duce risk of heart dis­eases, re­duce risk of can­cer and burn off calo­ries,” Brooke Dock­yard said in a press state­ment yes­ter­day.

On Jan 17, 2017 Brooke Dock­yard HSSE Unit or­gan­ised a blood do­na­tion ses­sion on the Ground Floor of the Main Of­fice Build­ing at Se­jingkat Fab­ri­ca­tion Yard at Jalan Bako here. It was done in col­lab­o­ra­tion with Sarawak Gen­eral Hospi­tal ( SGH) Blood Bank and co­or­di­nated by OHN Pla­tini Kawi Philips and Med­i­cal As­sis­tant Frederick James.

A to­tal of 86 donors from the yard fab­ri­ca­tion teams, the sub­con­trac­tors’ fab­ri­ca­tion teams and Shell Sarawak Bhd, E6DPA Pro­ject Site team par­tic­i­pated in the pro­gramme.

An­other OH Pro­gramme was the Health Screen­ing and Can­cer Marker Pro­gramme which is an an­nu­ally held Oc­cu­pa­tional Health Ser­vice.

Ac­cord­ing to Pla­tini Kawi, the ben­e­fits of health screen­ing and can­cer marker are early de­tec­tion and treat­ment to save lives, min­imise med­i­cal ex­penses, mon­i­tor health sta­tus, and pre­vent can­cer spread­ing through­out the body.

The pro­gramme has three ses­sions: Ses­sion 1 is a health talk by an oc­cu­pa­tional health doc­tor (OHD) on the im­por­tance of health­screen­ing and oc­cu­pa­tional health dis­eases. Ses­sions 2 and 3 in­volved the tak­ing of blood and urine sam­ples by Ad­vanced Pathol­ogy Lab. The screen­ing re­sults will be in­di­vid­u­ally ex­plained by the OHD at Brooke Dock­yard.

Can­cer is a non- com­mu­ni­ca­ble dis­ease lead­ing to 13.56 per cent of all deaths in gov­ern­ment hos­pi­tals in Malaysia in 2015. The five most com­mon can­cers among males are can­cer of the col­orec­tum (16.3 pct), lung (15 pct), na­sophar­ynx ( 8.1 pct), lym­phoma ( 6.8 pct) and prostate ( 6.7 pct).

Among fe­males are can­cer of the breast (32.1 pct), col­orec­tum (10.7 pct), cervix uteri (7.7 pct), ovary ( 6.1 pct) and lung (5.6 pct).

As a way for­ward, Brooke Dock­yard es­pe­cially the oc­cu­pa­tional health nurse will ed­u­cate, con­sult, fol­low up and mon­i­tor em­ployee’s health pe­ri­od­i­cally with sup­port from the Brooke Dock­yard and Shell Sarawak Ber­had man­age­ment team.

“Take care of your body, it’s the only place you have to live in,” Pla­tini Kawi said.

Statu­tory body Brooke Dock­yard to­gether with its clients, sub­con­trac­tors, ven­dors and sup­pli­ers have given more than 200 pints of blood per year or more than 2,000 pints in the last 15 years.

This CSR pro­gramme is here to stay and shall be fur­ther pro­moted and ex­tended to other work­sites.

Masir (se­cond right) presents cer­tifi­cate of ap­pre­ci­a­tion to a rep­re­sen­ta­tive of Chung Hua As­so­ci­a­tion, Se­matan. Also seen are Ranum (right) and Ge­orgina. — Photo by Jef­fery Mostapa

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