Blood donation drive expected to receive over 1.5 million blood units

Saturday, 2017-02-18 05:09:57
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Students donate their blood to support patients in need. (Credit: NDO/Dang Khoa)
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NDO—The National Steering Committee for Voluntary Blood Donation Campaigns in coordination with the National Steering Committee for Health Cheek-Ups and Treatment Programmes held a meeting on February 17 to summarize humanitarian voluntary blood donation and healthcare drives in 2016.

According to reports at the event, in 2016, the national blood donation movement received nearly 1.4 million units of blood (up 4% compared to 2015), of which, more than 97% was from voluntary blood donors. The support has helped heal millions of patients requiring transfusion and basically met treatment needs, especially during Tet and the summer of 2016.

In addition, last year nationwide healthcare programmes were implemented from January 1 to December 31, with the peak from October 15 to November 15, aiming to provide free medical check-ups and health consultations for at least 1 million people across the country.

As a result, humanitarian medical screening programmes in 2016 reached more than 1.6 million people while providing health counselling for nearly 1 million people, donating 1.7 million gifts and providing first aid skills training for over 78,000 people.

The steering committees at all levels honoured nearly 48,000 individuals, groups and families who had made efforts and great contribution to voluntary blood donation campaigns and encouraged others to join blood donation drives.

In 2017, the national steering committees set a target of mobilising and receiving more than 1.5 million units of blood, while providing healthcare consultations and medical screening to at least 1 million people, with the peak month from May 15 to June 15, focusing on policy beneficiaries, war invalids, Heroic Vietnamese Mothers and the elderly.