|The youth donates blood at the Pink Spring Festival 2015. The National Institute of Haematology and Blood Transfusion expects to collect at least 10,000 units of blood at the ninth Xuaân Hong (Pink Spring) festival in Ha Noi next Sunday. — Photo nihbt.org.vn
HA NOI (VNS) — The National Institute of Haematology and Blood Transfusion expects to collect at least 10,000 units of blood at the ninth Xuaân Hong (Pink Spring) festival in Ha Noi next Sunday. The event will be held at the National Convention Centre.
Most of the hospitals in the northern provinces faced a critical shortage of blood, especially of blood group A, the institute's Blood Donation Mobilisation and Organisation Department deputy head Nguyen Van Nhu said.
"Many patients are desperately waiting for blood at hospitals. We hope volunteers and donors will do their best to save more lives of needy patients," Nhu said.
As the largest annual blood donation event, the festival is expected to be attended by about 20,000 people, including 1,000 volunteers from the Ha Noi Youth Blood Donation Mobilisation Association.
On that day, 400 doctors and health workers of 16 hospitals will march through the main streets of Ha Noi to raise community awareness about blood donation and to mobilise people to donate blood.
The festival organisation board said nearly 42,000 blood units (350ml each) were collected over the past eight Pink Spring festivals. The festival collected 7,684 units of blood from nearly 25,000 participants in 2012, setting a national record of the largest amount of blood collected during one day.
Last year, more than 1.1 million units of blood were collected in the country, an increase of 110.5 per cent compared with 2014. Nearly 97 per cent of the current blood supply comes from voluntary donations, the health ministry has said. — VNS