|Volunteers in central Da Nang City donate blood. Marking World Blood Donor Day on June 14, Viet Nam held a ceremony to honor blood donors across the country. Last year the country received more than 900,000 units of blood which met 50 per cent of emergency aid and treatment demand. — VNA/VNS Photo Tran Le Lam
HA NOI (VNS)— A ceremony to honour blood donors across the country was held yesterday in Ha Noi in response to the World Blood Donor Day on June 14.
Donors were represented by Pham Thanh Liem, 31, from the southern province of Tay Ninh, among a crowd of 100 others, typical of those who volunteered nation-wide. Liem had donated more than 50 times.
Also Le Dinh Duat, 70, from Ha Noi, was awarded for mobilising his relatives to donate more than 270 units.
The 10th World Blood Donor Day with the theme "Give a drop of blood, save a life" focused on the value of blood donations in saving unlucky patients.
The National Steering Committee for Voluntary Blood Donor Recruitment vice chairman, Nguyen Hai Duong, said the committee expected to receive more attention and support from society for the blood donation programme.
"Hundreds of thousands of patients had been rescued thanks to blood transfusions," Duong, who is also chairman of the Viet Nam Red Cross, stressed.
Last year the country received more than 900,000 units of blood which met 50 per cent of emergency aid and treatment demand. Nearly 88 per cent of the blood was from volunteer donors.
This year the country would strive to get more than 1 million units of blood.
In related news yesterday, central Da Nang City held a meeting summing up its voluntary blood donation campaign. Twenty individuals were particularly praised for their commitment to making blood donations over the past decade, along with some organisations.
Local donors have donated over 40,000 litres of blood for treatment and emergency cases in hospitals since the campaign was launched in Da Nang in 2003.
Voluntary blood donation supplies 99.5 per cent of the demand required for treatment and emergency aid at the city's hospitals.
According to the city's blood donation steering board, voluntary donors account for 3 per cent of the city's 900,000 population – higher than the average ratio of provinces and cities nationwide (1.05 per cent).
The city has a list of 650 individuals who are able to donate blood at short notice in emergency cases. — VNS