|Blood donors are honoured at a ceremony held on Friday in HCM City. — Photo qdnd.vn|
HCM CITY — A total of 896 individuals and organisations in HCM City were honoured on Friday for donating blood and making contributions to the voluntary blood donation movement.
The city Steering Committee for Voluntary Blood Donation Mobilisation organised the annual ceremony to fete blood donors on the occasion of World Blood Donor Day, June 14.
The committee hopes to get more humanitarian blood donations to address a shortage of supply for emergency aid and treatment at many hospitals.
Donations have been steadily increasing in the last few years, Nguyễn Tấn Bỉnh, director of the city Department of Health, said.
The HCM City Humanitarian Blood Donation Centre has received more than 112,600 units of blood from voluntary donors in the first six months of this year.
The health sector would continue to do research to separate the various components of blood and improve blood preservation to ensure safe supply, he said.
Nguyễn Ngọc Thành, 59, of District 9, who has donated blood 63 times, said, “I know my blood has saved the lives of some people who were very sick. That makes me and my family really happy.” — VNS