HCM CITY – The National Steering Committee on Voluntary Blood Donation has set a target to have at least 1 per cent of the country's total population donate blood by 2015.
|People donate blood at the HCM City Haematology and Blood Transfusion Hospital. The country wants up to 1 per cent of the country's population to donate blood by 2015. — VNA/VNS Photo The Anh
The campaign to call for people to donate blood in the 2008-11 period achieved many positive results, but the number of blood units donated had yet to meet the demand, a review meeting heard last week.
In 2011, the country collected 776,427 blood units from donors, meeting just 44 per cent of demand, according to Nguyen Anh Tri, head of the National Institute of Haematology and Blood Transfusion.
Based on the population rate, the country needed about 1.7 million blood units every year, which require about 2 per cent of the country's population to donate blood, while the current rate was only 0.88 per cent, Tri noted.
If the country did not succeed in motivating more citizens to donate blood regularly, it would be likely to face a severe shortage in the coming years, he said. — VNS