Call for more cord blood donations for minority races

Dire shortage for these groups in public inventory despite overall rise in donations

Cord blood units stored in a cryostorage tank until there is a request for a cord blood transplant.
Cord blood units stored in a cryostorage tank until there is a request for a cord blood transplant. PHOTO: SINGAPORE CORD BLOOD BANK

Umbilical cord blood donations have grown to more than 13,000 units here since they started in 2005, but Singapore's only public cord blood bank says there is dire shortage for minority races in the public inventory.

Mrs Tan-Huang Shuo Mei, chief executive officer of the Singapore Cord Blood Bank (SCBB), told The Straits Times that increasing the inventory would provide a greater chance of a match for patients using cord blood for cancer treatment.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 06, 2018, with the headline 'Call for more cord blood donations for minority races'. Subscribe