At the meeting (Photo: CPV)
So said representatives from the Central Steering Committee on Voluntary Blood Donation during its 20
th meeting held on March 13th in Hanoi.

According to the committee, the amount of blood collected is often higher and higher year by year, with the average growth of 8.5% each year, and with an increasingly high amount of blood collected from voluntary donors, from 71.6% in 2008 to 91% in 2017.

Le Gia Tien, Head of the Committee’s Office, said the rate of population who donate blood increased year by year, at 0.61% in 2008 to 1.6% in 2017.

During the meeting, Deputy Minister of Health Nguyen Viet Tien said that the safety in blood transfusion in Vietnam had been recognized internationally. “However, the health sector will continue to invest in good quality equipment and machines to make blood donation effective,” he went on to say.

Recently, the Central Steering Committee on Voluntary Blood Donation has discussed major solutions serving blood donation, including proposing the Prime Minister issue a directive on voluntary blood donation, creating a legal framework for blood donation; and developing the number of blood donors, fulfilling the target of having at least 2% of the population donate blood and 100% of blood donors to be voluntary./.

Compiled by BTA