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Youngsters nationwide turn out for annual blood drive

Update: January, 13/2014 - 09:38
Thousands of young people donated blood yesterday in 10 provinces and cities throughout the country as part of the 6th Red Sunday programme.— VNA/VNS Photo Le Lam

HA NOI (VNS)— Thousands of young people donated blood yesterday in 10 provinces and cities throughout the country as part of the 6th Red Sunday programme.

The annual blood donation event was jointly organised by the National Institute of Haematology and Blood Transfusion (NIHBT) and the Tien Phong (Vanguard) Newspaper.

"Each drop of blood has been donated to relieve pain, dangerous diseases and revive patients' lives," said Le Xuan Son, newspaper editor-in-chief, at the opening ceremony at Thuong mai (Trade) University in Ha Noi.

Son noted that some 3,000 units of blood were collected in northern Hai Phong, Nam Dinh and Thai Nguyen provinces from January 9 to11. The amount of blood donated during the one-week event is expected to be greater than the 5,000-6,000 units that organisation officials originally anticipated to be collected.

Dao Phuong Linh, a blood disease patient in the NIHBT, expected that the campaign would be expanded in order to collect more donated blood to treat thousands of patients, such as herself, throughout the country.

Attending the event in central Da Nang City, Nguyen Nhat Khanh, a 25 year old youth staff member of Binh Thuan Ward, Hai Chau District, donated blood for the 31st time over the past ten years.

"My mother always told me to become involved in charity or social activities to help the vulnerable and the poor," Khanh said, as quoted in Tien Phong Newspaper.

Khanh added that he has much experience in blood donations. And through the experience, he felt joy at being able to help needy people, especially those experiencing difficulties.

The events were attended by celebrities, artists and singers, including Miss Viet Nam 2010 Dang Thi Ngoc Han, the first runner-up in the Miss Viet Nam 2012 contest in Ha Noi, Duong Tu Anh. Miss Viet Nam 2012 Dang Thu Thao also donated blood in HCM City.

NIHBT director Nguyen Anh Tri said the annual blood drive was seen as an effective measure in coping with blood shortages and increasing demand in hospitals during the upcoming Lunar New Year (Tet) festival.

Tri added that the NIHBT, which supplies blood to 120 hospitals in 16 northern provinces, met 30-50 per cent of hospitals' demands for blood during recent weeks, though the amount of collected blood was reduced compared to previous months. —VNS

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