Mother of thalassemia patient thanks Malaysians for responding to appeal for rare blood type - Nation

KOTA KINABALU: After a one-and-a-half-month wait, major thalassemia patient Neowell Vann Houtton was able to receive his transfusion after a two-day nationwide appeal for O Positive blood donors.The boy received his transfusion on Wednesday afternoon (Aug 1) at the Women and Children’s Likas Hospital here.Neowell received two bags that matched his rare blood type of O Positive R1R1 JKA after developing a reaction with the first transfusion on Tuesday (July 31).His mother Selly Onong praised the hospital staff for calming the rashes immediately with medication.“I am absolutely overwhelmed and grateful to the press and all the donors for responding so quickly to my appeal. "Neowell needs monthly blood transfusions for the rest of his life and I have been going in and out of the public hospitals in Kota Kinabalu every month for over a decade.“The directors, doctors and nurses have always given the best possible care and treatment for my son and I have faith in our medical services in Malaysia. "Once in a while, through no fault of theirs, the blood bank has no blood match and then it becomes urgent.“The last time I appealed like this was in 2013 and this is my fifth time over the past 12 years. I love my son and I will do anything for him,” Selly related.Selly said that she will never know the source of blood received by Neowell, and can only pray and hope that O Positive donors will ask their hospitals or doctors to determine if they are O Positive R1R1 JKA.“If you are of this blood type, Neowell needs you, and I would like you to be on my emergency database of donors, so please do get in touch with me on 0128676351,” she said in a statement.Selly also appealed to Malaysians to make blood donation a part of their civic duty.“As a mother of a child who needs blood transfusions from the blood bank every month I know only too well the fear and trauma my family goes through when the blood bank is dry.“It takes a few minutes to donate and even if you donate once a year, someone out there may be saved, because you never know when it’s you or someone you love who may need to rely on the blood of a total stranger from a bank,” said Selly.

Source:The Star

August 01, 2018 14:03 UTC

India's central bank raises key rate to 6.5% to fight inflation - Business News

MUMBAI: India’s central bank raised its benchmark interest rate to the highest in two years as it stepped up efforts to curb inflation and stem capital outflows.The six-member monetary policy committee voted to raise the repurchase rate to 6.5 percent, a move predicted by 40 of the 53 economists in a Bloomberg survey. It kept the policy stance neutral.The MPC notes that domestic economic activity has continued to sustain momentum and the output gap has virtually closed, the Reserve Bank of India said in a statement Wednesday. Higher government prices for some food crops also poses upside risk to inflation.The currency and inflation woes come against the backdrop of an economy that’s growing faster than any other major nation, strengthening Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s position as he prepares for elections next year.But risks to the outlook are formidable: as the world’s fastest-growing oil consumer, higher crude prices will push up the current-account deficit, while global trade tensions threaten exports and investment.The economy’s strong performance gives policy makers another reason to hike rates. Core inflation -- which strips out volatile food, fuel and light prices -- has been sticky at a four-year high of more than 6 percent, indicating demand pressures in the economy.The RBI has sold dollars steadily to smooth the volatility in the currency market and Governor Urjit Patel has expressed worries about the emerging market turmoil, arguing that the Fed’s plans to shrink its balance sheet was adding to risks to global growth. - Bloomberg

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August 01, 2018 10:18 UTC

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