|Youth Union members and students donate blood in a blood donation event called "Red Sunday" yesterday in HCM City. — VNA/VNS Photo An Hieu
HA NOI (VNS) — Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc has urged organisations, individuals and the whole community to register to donate blood at a blood donation event yesterday in Ha Noi.
Phuc praised the results the voluntary donation movement had achieved over the past 21 years.
"The lives of many patients have been threatened due to blood shortages at hospitals, especially traffic accident victims. We should donate blood to help save lives," said Phuc.
The Deputy PM said that during recent years blood donations attracted the involvement of the community thanks to communication campaigns and large-scale blood donation campaigns.
Phuc asked ministries and sectors to help the movement and to improve communication and blood transfusion safety.
The event was the biggest of 40 blood donation events, called the 8th "Red Sunday", taking place in 22 provinces and cities nation-wide from December 27, 2015 to January 28, 2016. It was organsied by the Tien Phong (Vanguard) newspaper, the National Traffic Safety Committee (NTSC) and the National Institute of Haematology and Blood Transfusions (NIHBT).
The event was attended by thousands of students, volunteers, singers, actors and celebrities, including Miss Viet Nam 2014 Nguyen Cao Ky Duyen and first runner-up Nguyen Tran Huyen My.
The Tien Phong newspaper Editor in Chief Le Xuan Son said that 18,000 units of blood were collected from the Red Sunday festival last year, compared to about 100 units in the first event in 2009.
This year's festival aimed to collect 20,000 units of blood 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.
On the same day, other blood donations were organised in Ha Nam, Nam Dinh, Can Tho, Phu Tho, Yen Bai, Nghe An and Ha Tinh provinces.
Last year, the health sector collected more than 1.1 million units of blood (350ml per unit) from voluntary unpaid blood donations, meeting about 60 per cent of the country's demand for emergency aid and treatment, according to statistics from the Ministry of Health. — VNS