The first fixed blood donation site is located at Hoàn Kiếm Medical Central – No 26 Lương Ngọc Quyến Street in the heart of Hà Nội’s Old Quarter. — Photo nihbt.org.vn
HÀ NỘI — The National Institute of Hematology and Blood Transfusion (NIHBT) has opened its first fixed blood donation site at Hoàn Kiếm Medical Central – No 26 Lương Ngọc Quyến Street in the heart of Hà Nội’s Old Quarter last weekend.
The site opens daily and is expected to make it more convenient for people to donate blood regularly, said director of the NIHBT Bạch Quốc Khánh.
He said that the institute’s blood collection had mainly taken place at mobile donation sites, which resulted in irregular reception of blood and blood shortages, especially during summer vacation and Tết (Lunar New Year) holidays when students – accounting for a high proportion of blood donors – leave the city.
Most of the donated blood was from universities, colleges, companies and organisations.
“In Hà Nội, only 40 per cent of blood donors keep donating blood again,” Khánh said.
The out-of-hospital blood donation site is expected to be easy for people to access as well as help them form a habit on regular medical check-up as blood donors could be offered testing packages as gifts when arriving on site.
The NIHBT and Hà Nội’s Health Department plans to open other fixed blood donation sites in other districts including Đống Đa and Thanh Xuân. — VNS