Blood donor with needle phobia, a lifesaver
IPOH: Although he is afraid of needles, Adib Abdul Razak donates blood once every three months because he has a rare blood type.
The 43-year-old salesman said he was told last year that his blood, type A+ JK3, was one of the rarest blood types.
“In my family, it is quite common for us to donate blood. In fact, my brothers were among those who encouraged me to donate. My first donation was a few years ago at the National Blood Center (PDN) in Kuala Lumpur.
“I participated in the fundraiser in Ipoh last year and a few days later I received a call from Taiping Hospital about my blood type and that they needed it,” he said after receiving the Blood Donor Award for Rare Blood Category at Raja Permaisuri Bainun Hospital here yesterday.
Adib, who has 11 other siblings, said every time he gave blood he looked away from the needle. “Even though I’ve donated blood more than 20 times, I still look away when the nurse inserts the needle.
“I kept telling myself that since I don’t have money to give to help others, the least I can do is donate my blood,” he said.
“Even if my blood was not scarce, I will continue to donate because I know how much it can help,” he added.
Perak health committee chairman Mohd Akmal Kamaruddin congratulated Adib on his donation.
“In Perak, we only have Adib and another man who shares the same blood type. They will continue to give as long as they can.
“I want to thank Adib and all the other donors who continue to help others,” he said.
“Currently, only 2.25% (of Perak’s population) are donors, which is still low compared to the national blood donation rate of 2.5%. We hope to be able to increase it to 2.5% this year.
“I will also suggest to the state religious department to encourage blood donations in their Friday sermons in mosques,” he said, adding that about 60,000 bags of blood are donated every year in the country. ‘State, with approximately 4,800 bags used per month.