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Blood banks facing shortage after Tết

Update: February, 18/2019 - 16:41
The National Blood Centre only has enough blood for the next three days, health leader warn. — Photo baomoi.com.vn
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HÀ NỘI — Blood reserves at the National Blood Centre under the Central Institute of Hematology and Blood Transfusion would only be enough to cover the next three days, warned Phạm Tuấn Dương, deputy director of the institute.

Dương said on Monday morning that as of Sunday, the amount of blood stored at the institute, one of the biggest blood banks in the north, had just over 2,700 units left.

“It seriously affects emergency treatment for patients who need blood in the north,” he said.

Although the blood bank was stocked up for the Lunar New Year, the prolonged holiday had depleted reserves.

He said the institute had sent an urgent message to the Ministry of Health, the National Steering Committee for Voluntary Blood Donation and provincial health departments and hospitals to inform them of the shortage and ask for temporary solutions.

The instute has called for a blood donation campaign from February 17 to 24 to help overcome the shortage.

Ngô Mạnh Quân, head of the Blood Donation Department at the institute, said the Hà Nội Association of Young Blood Donors had set its own goal for each branch to contribute 8,760 blood units.

Blood donors can go to the Central Institute of Hematology - Blood Transfusion (Phạm Văn Bạch Street, Cầu Giấy District,) from 8am-8pm every day.

For the nearest blood donation site visit https://www.nihbt.org.vn/Home/DiemHMVNS

 

 

 

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