Red Vacation 2015 encourages people to donate blood

The National Institute of Hematology and Blood Transfusion and the National Steering Board for Voluntary Blood Donation today launched a the Red Vacation program across the country to encourage people to donate blood.

The Red Vacation program themed Connecting Vietnamese Blood will depart from Ho Chi Minh City and tour to 22 cities and provinces including 13 southern provinces and 9 northern provinces to encourage people to donate their blood. The program aims to collect at least 17,000 units of blood to meet a shortage, especially of A and O groups throughout the country.

This year, the program is one of the important activities for providing blood for patients in summer  when the blood shortage often takes place as students - major blood donors- are buried themselves in books for examinations and return homes.

Moreover, it is scorching in provinces in the North, people are afraid of going outside to medical facilities for voluntary blood donation

Head of the National Institute of Hematology and Blood Transfusion and head of the program Prof Dr Nguyen Anh Tri said that the hospital's blood bank has had  just around 5,000 units enough for some days.

Every day the Institute must provide from 1,200- 1,500 units of blood to 120 hospitals in Hanoi and in northern provinces.

The Institute is also enhancing collecting blood donation activities in Hanoi and some other provinces.

By MINH KHANG - Translated by Anh Quan

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