|People donate blood at the Red Spring Festival, which launched in Ha Noi yesterday. The blood donation campaign is expected to draw 10,000 donors and collect between 6,000 and 7,000 units of blood. — VNA/VNS Photo Duong Ngoc
HA NOI (VNS) — Vice President Nguyen Thi Doan beat a ceremonial drum to officially launch an annual blood donation drive, known as the Red Spring Festival, in Ha Noi yesterday.
Addressing the gathering, Deputy Health Minister Nguyen Thi Xuyen highlighted the remarkable achievements of the blood donation movement in Viet Nam over the past two decades, with more than 8.2 million units of blood collected and the number of donors increasing every passing year.
According to Dr Nguyen Anh Tri, head of the festival's organising board, in addition to easing blood shortages after the Lunar New Year holiday, the event, with its message of "Sharing red blood, giving hope," will help raise public awareness about the need to donate blood.
This year's drive is expected to collect between 6,000 and 7,000 units of blood from 10,000 donors.
It is being held in almost all localities nationwide until March 15. — VNS