'Red Sunday' campaign expected to collect 35,000 units of blood

Wednesday, 2018-01-17 17:44:45
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Vice Chairman of Can Tho municipal People's Committee Truong Quang Hoai Nam donates blood at the tenth 'Red Sunday' held in Can Tho on January 14 (credit: dantri)
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NDO - This year's 'Red Sunday' blood donation campaign with the participation of 31 provinces and cities nationwide is anticipated to collect an estimated 35,000 units of blood to solve the blood shortage during the upcoming Lunar New Year holiday.

Le Xuan Son, editor-in-chief of Tien Phong newspaper, said at a press briefing on the campaign in Hanoi on January 17.

The campaign, which is jointly held by the Tien Phong newspaper, the National Committee for Traffic Safety, and the National Institute of Hematology and Blood Transfusion (NIHBT), has taken place from mid-December 2017 until the end of January 2018.

So far, 19 provinces and cities have participated in the campaign and collected nearly 25,000 units of blood, reaching 67% of the set plan.

Son noted that the main activities of the campaign will take place at the Hanoi University of Science and Technology and other cities on January 21.

This is the 10th consecutive year that the blood donation campaign has been held, contributing to tackling blood shortages in medical treatment.

NIHBT Director Bach Quoc Khanh said that Vietnam needs approximately 320,000 units of blood before and after the Lunar New Year holiday and the NIHBT needs about 60,000 units of bloods to serve medical treatment and for reserves in hospitals.