Provide emergency blood for Kien Giang

The National Institute of Hematology and Blood Transfusion has just transferred an additional 2,000 blood units to the South, of which half of this blood has been delivered to Kien Giang province for the first time.

On the night of September 23, the car of Kien Giang Provincial General Hospital traveled nearly 300 km to Tan Son Nhat airport in Ho Chi Minh City to receive blood brought in by plane from Hanoi. Mr. Do Trung Kien, Department of Hematology and Blood Transfusion, Kien Giang Provincial General Hospital, shared that he has never gone to receive blood so far.

“For many days, the hospital is seriously lacking in blood. It’s hard to walk, but we are happy to have blood for the patient, and the patient is also less worried,” said Mr. Kien.

By the morning of September 24, 1,000 blood units were safely returned to the provincial hospital.

Doctor Tran Thien Nhan, Head of Hematology – Blood Transfusion Department, Kien Giang Provincial General Hospital, said that on September 23, the hospital only had 100 units of blood in reserve. On average, each month receives and uses about 2,000 blood units to serve the treatment needs at 15 hospitals in the province. However, from the beginning of September until now, most of the blood donation schedule has been canceled, the hospital has only received more than 300 units.

“The complicated epidemic makes it very difficult to travel, move, and organize blood donations,” said Dr. Nhan. In the past few months, each blood donation in the district has only collected more than 100 units, instead of 200-300 units as before. The meager amount of blood is also mainly due to the participation of cadres, civil servants and officials of the agencies involved in blood donation.

Blood shortage has affected all medical facilities in the province. In Phu Quoc, for nearly 10 days now, the Health Center has to mobilize and transfuse dozens of units of whole blood.

Doctors and nurses check the blood supply to Kien Giang. Photo: Cong Thang

Along with Kien Giang, 1,000 blood units from Hanoi were also delivered to Cho Ray Hospital. September 23 marked a record of blood supply in one day, at the National Institute of Hematology and Blood Transfusion, with 4,343 units delivered to: Ho Chi Minh City, Kien Giang, Ha Giang, Tuyen Quang, Vinh Phuc, Phu Tho , Bac Ninh, Bac Giang, Lang Son, Hanoi.

Previously, the highest amount of blood supplied throughout the country was on August 3, at 3,000 units.

From July 30 until now, Cho Ray Hospital has received 8,000 blood units from the National Institute of Hematology and Blood Transfusion, supplying it to the Covid-19 Resuscitation Hospital and 72 hospitals in 5 Southeast provinces.

Can Tho Hematology and Blood Transfusion Hospital received 5,650 blood units, supplying more than 80 hospitals in Can Tho city and the Mekong Delta provinces.

The Ho Chi Minh City Blood Transfusion and Hematology Hospital received 2,000 blood units from Hanoi, helping to ensure blood for 150 hospitals throughout the city.

Thus, after nearly 2 months, 60,291 blood units were supplied by the National Institute of Hematology and Blood Transfusion to 156 hospitals, of which 16,664 blood units were used to support the South.

Dr. Tran Ngoc Que, Head of the National Blood Center, National Institute of Hematology and Blood Transfusion, said: “Previously, mainly the southern provinces, the Central Highlands and the Central region supported blood supply to the North. This is the first time the Institute has provided a huge amount of blood to the southern provinces.”

Le Nga – Thao Nguyen


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