20,000 participate in blood donation event

Some 20,000 people took part in the annual “Xuân hồng” (Pink spring) blood donation event in Hà Nội on Feb 16, held to cope with blood scarcity around the Tết holidays.

Blood_Donation_1Two youths are donating their blood at the Xuân hồng blood transfusion day

Despite the rain and chilly weather, the event, held at Mỹ Đình Stadium in Từ Liêm district, drew people from all walks of life.

They came in red clothes and with beaming smiles, and donated some 7,000 units of blood.

“The event not only helps tackle the blood shortage common during and after Tết, when most donors leave the large cities for their hometowns, but also raises people’s awareness of humanitarian blood transfusion and creates a wholesome, useful activity for charitable youths.”

Said Prof. Nguyễn Anh Trí, co-head of the event’s organizing board.

Blood_Donation_2Vice President Nguyễn Thị Doan visits the donors at the blood transfusion day

At the event, which also commemorated the 20th anniversary of the humanitarian blood transfusion campaign initiated by the Health Ministry, deputy minister Nguyễn Thị Xuyên reported that the campaign has made notable achievements and helps expand the blood transfusion grid nationwide, with more than 80 facilities in the country.

According to the ministry’s statistics, during the past 20 years, the campaign has supplied more than 8 million units of blood to patients.

Source: Tuổi Trẻ News

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