BOGOR-There are two percent of the total 46 million population in West Java need of blood donors every year. West Java requires about 900 thousand units of blood donated for people in West Java who needed.
West Java Governor Ahmad Heryawan (Aher) said the need for blood bags until now have not been met. Therefore, he asked the parties, especially Regent/Mayor in West Java to meet the Indonesian Red Cross (PMI) infrastructure in each region.
"I also urge the public to get used conducting blood donation. Therefore, blood donors can provide benefits such as participating in humanitarian programs," said Aher, after the awarding ceremony of Satyalancana for Blood Donor Voluntary in 100 times by the President at Bogor Palace, Friday (18/12) morning.
On this occasion, the President gave awards of Satyalancana to the 893 Blood Donor Volunteer (DDS) from 26 provinces. The youngest recipient named Riza Mustakim (32 years) from Jakarta, S Susanto as the oldest DDS (75 years), and Dedi Kurnaedi as the most blood donating in 133 times.
The highest number of voluntary blood donors from East Java as many as 378 people, 152 people of Jakarta, and West Java 106 people. While the number of women who received Satyalancana as many as 20 people or 2.23%, derived from seven provinces, Bengkulu, Jakarta, West Java, Central Java, East Java, West Kalimantan and Maluku.
In his speech, President Joko Widodo expressed his gratitude and appreciation for the care of blood donors who have donated blood voluntarily. The government through the Ministry of Agricultural and Spatial/State Land Agency provide assistance in the form of facilities for voluntary donors in the land certificates management which poured in a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the PMI.
"The actions of humanity is priceless, so it is worth called as humanitarian fighter, and as a form of solidarity, and caring for others, as well as reaffirm the sense of social solidarity,” President said in his speech.
This event was also attended by the Vice President who is also Chairman of PMI and Mrs. Mufidah Jusuf Kalla, Daily Executive of PMI Ginanjar Kartasasmita, Minister in the Working Cabinet, Chief of Police Affairs, Governors, Mayor of Bogor, as well as the awards recipients.
Satyalancana awards presented in recognition of Indonesian citizens who made a large contribution in the field of humanity. It is corresponds to Government Regulation (PP) No. 32 Year 1959 dated June 26, 1959 on Satyalancana Award Honor on Social Activites (SLKS). Since 1970, the Ministry of Social Affairs was first proposed for 3 DDS 100 times to get the awards.
The average number of Satyalancana awards recipients annually increased by 900 per year. While DDS recruitment also increasing every year. It is due to increasing of public awareness for blood donation, the increasing number of car units of blood donation in cooperation with various agencies, schools, and universities, which making it easier for people donate.
Voluntary blood donors has helped PMI to meet 90 percent of the national blood stock which currently amounts to about 5.1 million units per year. According to WHO standards, the ideal number of donors is 2 percent of the population.