7,000 units of blood collected at Pink Spring Festival

Web.HCYU.05/03/2013 – Tens of thousands of young people flocked to the biggest blood drive of the year being held at the 2013 Pink Spring Festival in My Dinh National Stadium on March 3. Source:CPV

Vice State President Nguyen Thi Doan encourages  blood donors (Photo: nhandan.com.vn)
Vice State President Nguyen Thi Doan encourages blood donors
(Photo: nhandan.com.vn)

The 6th annual event, co-organised by the National Institute of Haematology and Blood Transfusion, the Hanoi municipal Steering Committee of Voluntary Blood Donation, and the Hanoi Youth Blood Donation Mobilisation Association, aims to encourage the community, particularly youngsters, to join blood drives to help ease the severe blood shortage in the aftermath of the Lunar New Year holiday.

According to organisers, a total of 6,941 units of blood were collected from nearly 10,000 blood donors as of 7 pm on Sunday.

Mr Le Van Chung, a second - year student from the Vietnam Military Medical University, is donating his blood for the second time and said that “As a medical student, I personally have witnessed the pains of patients, so I decided to donate to help them overcome, to some extent, their critical conditions”.

Meanwhile, Ms Nguyen Thi Van from the College of Technologies and Economics in Trade said: “This is the first time I have participated in the event. Although a little bit nervous, I’m very happy to do this because my blood will help patients”.

Doctor Nguyen Anh Tri, Director of the National Institute of Haematology and Blood Transfusion said hospitals across the country are experiencing a serious shortage of blood supplies and the blood collected at the event is extremely valuable to patients.

In addition to a series of artistic activities, camping, and folk games; a gala in commemoration of International Women’s Day (March 8) was held to honour 60 volunteer mothers who have donated their blood many times and have encouraged their children and others to do so.

Themed ‘Sharing pink drops of blood, saving lives’, this year’s festival has been kicked off throughout 50 provinces and cities nationwide with plans to expand to other localities.

Since it was first launched in 2008, the event has attracted tens of thousands of donors and has generated over 23,000 units of blood, said the Deputy Minister of Health Nguyen Thi Xuyen.

It has been 19 year since the first humanitarian blood drive was launched in Vietnam, she added, saying that the volume of blood units collected from donors across the country shows a significant increase, from 138,000 units in 1994 to nearly one million blood units as of 2012, thanks to the great response from all of the people, and especially from students and pupils.