|Students donate blood at the Red Sunday 2015. — Photo tienphong.vn
HA NOI (VNS) — A series of 40 blood donation festivals, called "Red Sunday," will take place in 22 provinces and cities nation-wide from December 27, 2015, to January 28, 2018.
Many students, volunteers, well-known singers and celebrities will attend the major event, which takes place at the Ha Noi University of Technology in Ha Noi on Sunday.
The annual event aims to collect 20,000 units of blood, an increase of 2,000 units compared to last year's event, in an effort to meet the increasing demand for blood for emergency aid and treatment in hospitals during the upcoming Tet (Lunar New Year) holiday.
Initiated by the Tien Phong (Vanguard) newspaper in 2009, the festival aims to ease the serious blood shortage in hospitals resulting from the increase in traffic accidents and the declining number of blood donors ahead of Tet.
The National Institute of Haematology and Blood Transfusions (NIHBT) spokesperson Nguyen Anh Tri said the country may face a severe blood shortage as few blood donation drives will be conducted during Tet.
The NIHBT's blood bank currently holds nearly 6,000 units of blood that can be used for emergencies and treatments at northern hospitals over a total of seven days, Tri said.
"Blood collection at the Red Sunday event will play an important role in reducing blood shortages during the Tet period in the country," Tri said.
Last year, nearly 18,000 units of blood were collected during the event in 10 provinces and cities, compared with 149 units collected in Ha Noi during the first Red Sunday festival in 2009. — VNS