The biggest national-scale blood donation campaign was launched by the National Institute of Haematology and Blood Transfusion in 2008 and has been expanded by the National Steering Committee of Blood Donation Campaigns since 2010.
This year’s event takes place from March 3-11. Its official days run from March 9-11 at the National Institute of Haematology and Blood Transfusion.
According to Deputy Minister of Health cum deputy head of the National Steering Committee for Voluntary Blood Donation Nguyen Viet Tien, the annual festival has basically aimed to assist during the blood shortage for emergency aid and treatment at hospitals, as well as provide safe and sufficient blood for development of high medical techniques, such as organ transplants and cancer treatment, saving lives of patients with fatal diseases.
Director of the National Institute of Haematology and Blood Tranfussion Bach Quoc Khanh delivers a speech at the ceremony, Ha Noi, March 10.
The festival is expected to attract 15,000 participants with more than 1,000 volunteers; and collect around 8,000 units of blood during a week.
From March 3-7, the National Institute of Haematology and Blood Transfusion, in collaboration with several other agencies, arranged 17 donation collection points, receiving over 3,400 blood units.
Over the past 10 years, the festival in Ha Noi has attracted 190,000 participants and collected 60,300 blood units. Last year, the festival received more than 9,300 units of blood, compared to 9,000 units during the previous year.
The blood units will be provided to 120 hospitals in 16 northern provinces and cities.
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