At a press meeting organized by the National Steering Committee for Voluntary Blood Donation on June 11 in Hanoi, Nguyen Huu Hong, President of the Vietnam Red Cross, acknowledged the many regular blood donors from across the country.
|Voluntary blood donation programs have grown rapidly with many individuals and organizations participating|
On June 14, the Committee will organize a ceremony in Hanoi to honor 100 regular blood donors on occasion of ‘World Blood Donor Day’, celebrated each year on June 14. The purpose is to raise awareness of the need for safe blood and blood banks to save the lives of millions in need.
Hong stressed that voluntary blood donation programs have grown rapidly with many individuals and organizations participating. Among the 100 blood donors to be honored on June 14 will be, Pham Thanh Liem, 31, deputy chairman of Red Cross from Gia Loc Commune in the southern province of Tay Ninh who has donated blood 51 times, and Pham Dinh Duat, 70, from Thanh Xuan District in Hanoi who encouraged his children and relatives to donate 271 units of blood.
Noticeably, Ho Chi Minh City leads the country with 10 outstanding donors who will be honored at the ceremony. Of these, seven have donated more than 40 times, namely, Hong Bach Tuyet from Le Minh Xuan Commune in Binh Chanh District; Nguyen Nam Hai from Pham Van Coi Commune in Cu Chi District; Nguyen Hong Hanh, deputy chief of Red Cross in Ward 24 in Binh Thanh District.
In 2012, 912,300 units of blood was collected or equivalent to one percent of the country’s total donated blood. This year, the country plans to collect over one million units of blood.