According to the National Institute of Hematology and Blood Transfusion, the amount of blood collected from donors was tending to drop on the first days of 2015.
Nguyen Anh Tri, PhD. Professor, director of the institute, said that a shortage of blood for treatment often occurs from the first days of the New Year to after lunar New Year, especially of blood type A and O. In order to meet the demand for treatment, the institute needs around 1,200-1,500 blood units every day to supply for more than 120 hospitals in Ha Noi City.
Meanwhile, reports by hospitals said that they need 5,000 blood units of type A and 8,000 blood units of type O for treatment, meaning daily demand for type A blood is around 80-100 blood units and 120-150 blood units for type O.
Currently, the institute has promoted activities to invite blood donation from the public, especially from people who have A and O blood types.