The blood reserves at the NIHBT (Photo: VNA)
Dr. Khanh added that the amount of blood reserves would help to ensure treatment during at least three weeks after the lunar New Year festival. Earlier, the NIHBT set a target to collect 25,000 units of blood; however, thanks to the participation of thousands of donors, in January alone, the institute received 38,000 units.

In early January, the amount of blood reserves remained low, some at only 6,018 units, including 1,010 units of blood type O. Meanwhile, on average, each day, the NIHBT needs at least 1,500 units of blood for emergency cases and treatment at 180 hospitals in Hanoi and northern localities; of which nearly 700 units of type O blood is needed per day.

To deal with the situation, the NIHBT called on agencies and organizations, especially donors having blood type O, to donate blood, which helps to increase the amount in reserve.

Mr. Khanh added that after the lunar New Year festival, there are often shortages of blood. Therefore, the country’s largest blood donation campaign in a year, Pink Spring Festival, will last in one week, instead of 1-2 days as previous years, starting from March 10th, expecting to collect 1,000-2,000 units of blood./.

Compiled by BTA