Ho Chi Minh city: Over 100,000 units of blood collected in humanitarian blood donation
Red Journey – the trans-national blood donation campaign, took place in Ho Chi Minh city on July 9th, attracting over 1,500 participants, collecting some 1,200 units of blood.
The amount of blood collected during the journey has helped to raise a total for the first half of this year, in the city, to over 100,000 units, accounting for over 46% of the year’s plan.
MA. Bach Quoc Khanh, Vice President of the National Institute of Hematology and Blood Transfusion (NIHBT), said that this year, the journey has been held on a larger scale with higher quality, targeting to encourage people to donate blood, receive a large amount of blood to deal with shortages of blood for treatment in summer, disseminate information about Thalassemia, and educate the younger generation about solidarity and social responsibility.
In 2014, the country received some 1 million units of blood, with 90% of which coming from voluntary blood donation. However, the amount of blood only satisfied 50% of the demand for treatment, leading to serious shortages of blood in summer.
Two years after the organization of the journey (2013-2014), the Red Journey has disseminated information about thalassemia and voluntary blood donation to some 1 million people, encouraged over 50,000 people to donate blood and collected some 70,000 units of blood./.
( Compiled by VNF )