HA NOI — Organisers estimated that more than 7,600 blood units were collected at yesterday'Red Spring Festival 2012, which saw the attendance of Vice President Nguyen Thi Doan.
|Couples in Da Lat yesterday volunteered to donate 100 units of blood. In Ha Noi, volunteers donated more than 7,600 units of blood as part of the Red Festival 2012. Many blood donation drives are being held across the country to ease blood shortages after Tet. — VNA/VNS Photo Quy Trung
Speaking at the opening of the largest annual voluntarily blood event held at the My Dinh National Stadium yesterday, Doan paid a compliment to donors and thanked them for their good deeds in helping the country's blood donation mobilisation movement.
Health Minister Nguyen Thi Kim Tien called on people to join hands in the blood donation movement.
The festival, with the theme "Sharing Red blood - Giving a hope," was organised by the National Institute of Haematology and Blood Transfusion and the Ha Noi Youth's Blood Donation Mobilisation Association.
The event attracted about 10,000 people, most were couples and college students.
Lo Duy Tung from the Banking Institute and his girlfriend, Nguyen Thi Ngoc Mai decided to donate blood together on the occasion of Valentine Day.
"Today is a meaningful day! We are here to witness human kindness and hold hands as we donate blood together. We celebrate our love." Tung said.
The institute director Nguyen Anh Tri said that there were currently nearly 400 blood units at the institute's blood bank, while around 600 patients of the institute are being treated by blood or blood products. The institute has been supplying blood for 107 hospitals in the northern provinces.
"After Tet ( Lunar New Year), there is a serious shortage of blood for emergency treatments in hospitals," Tri said. "The festival will help ease the pressing problem of this blood shortage."
In the Love Valley of the resort city of Da Lat, 50 local couples of university and college students yesterday volunteered to donate 100 units of blood. The programme was organised by the Red Cross Association in Central Highlands Lam Dong Province, the Health Department and the city Youth Union.
According to the province's Red Cross, an estimated 5,000 units of blood were donated by volunteer donors in 2011.
Meanwhile, more than 60 Indonesians living in HCM City also donated blood yesterday to the HCM City Red Cross. The humanitarian activity was undertaken to enhance solidarity and understanding between the people of Viet Nam and Indonesia, according to the consulate general.
The Ministry of Health said that the country needs around 900,000 units of blood in 2012. Last year, the sector collected over 770,000 units, an increase of 15 per cent from the previous year.— VNS