Vietnam strives to achieve 100 percent voluntary blood donation

Vietnam’s health sector is striving to achieve 100 percent voluntary blood donation, said the Ministry of Health at the second seminar to develop and maintain a safe and voluntary source of blood donation in the Asian region.
The two day event entitled “The second Asian meeting for self-sufficiency of blood and blood products based on voluntary non-remunerated donation” has been jointly organized by the National Institute of Hematology and Blood Transfusion in Hanoi on November 9 and 10.
Vice Health Minister Le Quang Cuong said that the government and the party are paying attention to developing and maintaining safe and voluntary sources of blood donation.

The country has set up 5 blood transfusion centers in big cities such as Hanoi, the central province of Thua Thien-Hue, Ho Chi Minh City and the Mekong delta city of Can Tho. In localities, there are also some blood transfusion centers and wards of hematology and blood transfusion.

Currently, the country has achieved 96 percent voluntary blood donation and the proportion of blood donors who donate the blood second times up is 45 percent. The rate of population giving blood voluntarily is 1.17 percent.
Since the beginning of the year, total amount of blood collection is over 9 million blood units.

By Khanh Nguyen – translated by Uyen Phuong

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