20,000 blood units collected from blood donation festival

The blood donation festival named “Chu Nhat Do”( Red Sunday) yesterday took place at the same time in 8 cities and provinces across the country.

Police officers join in "Red Sunday" blood donation festival -Photo: SGGP

One of the venue for blood donating is Poly-Technique University in Hanoi with the participation of Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc and thousands of young students of universities and 800 police officers, well-known singers and beauties.

Speaking at the event, Mr. Phuc said that lives of many people, especially traffic accident victims always are threatened due to lack of blood; accordingly each person in good health condition should donate his/her blood to save others, adding that in 2015, over 1.1 million blood units was collected from voluntary blood donation across the country, satisfying 60 percent of the demand for treatment.

With increase in publicizing the humanitarian meaning of blood donation, more and more people agreed to give their blood voluntarily, it is one of good characteristic amongst Vietnamese people.

On the occasion, Mr. Phuc urged agencies and sectors to popularize the program amongst staffs and the public.

Tien Phong Newspaper Editor-in-Chief Le Xuan Son said that the newspaper has organized the Red Sunday festival since 2009. This year, the event is expected to collect 18,000-20,000 blood units for treating in Tet holidays ( Lunar New Year).  Nguyen Anh Tri, Director of the National Institute of Haematology and Blood Transfusion said that his institute only has around 6,000 blood units which can meet the demand in one week or less.

In the central province of Thua Thien – Hue, more than 600 young communist union members partook in the festival.

By staff writers – translated by Anh Quan

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