|More than 30 volunteers and celebrities will travel to Ly Son Island in the central province of Quang Ngai for the Red Journey, a campaign to sensitise people to the need for donating blood in an emergency. — Photo dantri.com.vn
HCM CITY (VNS) — More than 30 volunteers and celebrities will travel to Ly Son Island in the central province of Quang Ngai for the Red Journey, a campaign to sensitise people to the need for donating blood in an emergency.
The potential blood donors are like a "mobile blood bank", Prof Dr Nguyen Anh Tri, head of the National Institute of Hematology and Blood Transfusion and head of the campaign, told the media in HCM City yesterday.
They are a vital source, especially on islands — the country has nearly 3,000 islands — because transporting blood to these places in an emergency is very difficult.
Moreover, limited resources and electricity supply are a hurdle to equipping all these places with refrigerators to store blood, he said.
People who volunteer to become blood donors will be tested to ensure their blood is suitable for donation.
Subsequently, if someone needs a blood transfusion, these donors will be called to directly provide blood to the patient, he said.
The campaign started yesterday and will go on until July 26 in 22 provinces and cities with activities also to educate people about communicating thalassemia, an inherited blood disorder.
The campaign this year also aims to collect at least17,000 units of blood to meet a shortage, especially of A and O groups throughout the country.
The campaign, in its third year, is carried out by the institute in co-operation with Nhan Ai Vong Tay Viet Joint Stock Company and Vietnam Television's channel 24.
The two previous campaigns saw more than 50,000 people turn voluntary blood donors and 28,436 units collected.
Many blood donation programmes followed in provinces and cities and managed to collect more than 40,000 units. — VNS