Deputy Health Minister calls for blood donation during Tet

HanoiDeputy Minister Do Xuan Tuyen called on localities and people to participate in humanitarian blood donation in the context of the still complicated pandemic and the approaching Tet.

“I deeply admire the blood volunteers, the regular donors, many times, emergency reserves, both donating blood and mobilizing others to participate, especially in the most stressful days when the epidemic spreads. in the community every day,” said the Deputy Minister at the opening ceremony of the Red Sunday program at the People’s Police Academy, January 16.

According to the Deputy Minister, the demand for blood transfusion is increasing due to the increasing demand for medical care, the health sector has applied modern medical techniques such as organ transplantation, marrow transplantation, hemodialysis, conducting major surgeries, treating various blood diseases, malignancies… Ensuring enough blood for emergency and treatment needs is always a great pressure for the medical industry. The amount of blood received only meets about 75% of treatment needs.

He said that in 2022, the epidemic could still have complicated developments. Blood Transfusion Centers and hospitals must closely coordinate with other units to organize blood donation to ensure epidemic prevention and control requirements. National Blood Center, National Institute of Hematology – Blood Transfusion continue to coordinate blood between localities.

Students of the People’s Police Academy participated in blood donation on January 16. Photo: Red Sunday Organizing Committee

Bach Quoc Khanh, Director of the National Institute of Hematology and Blood Transfusion, said on January 7 that at least 50,000 units of blood are needed in the first two months of the year to meet the needs of patients at 180 hospitals in the North. . Current blood donation schedules can provide about 35,000 blood units, the Institute of Hematology is short of 15,000 blood units and 2,000 platelets, not to mention the possible imbalance between blood types (anemia) group O, group A).

This year’s Red Sunday opens on January 16 in more than 40 provinces/cities, expected to receive 45,000 – 50,000 blood units. This is an annual blood donation program across the country. Last year, this program took place in 43 provinces/cities, mobilizing more than 61,000 blood units.

Over 28 years of launching the voluntary blood donation movement in Vietnam, from more than 100,000 blood units received in 1994, to now, there are 1.3-1.4 million blood units donated each year. In 2021, due to the impact of Covid-19, there are times when there is a shortage of blood sources across the country, making it difficult to treat patients.

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