Hanoi (VNA) – April 7 was designated 22 years ago as “Everybody’s Voluntary Blood Donation Day” and since then the blood donation movement has grown on a large scale and won wide support.
Every year, Vietnam needs about 2 million units of blood for emergency aid, medical treatment and as a reserve for accidents, disasters and epidemics.
The volunteer blood donationmovement has grown strongly, attracting the participation of people from all social strata, from students, civil servants, armed forces personnel, health workers, to religious dignitaries and workers.
Bach Quoc Khanh, Director of National Institute of Hematology and Blood Transfusion (NIHBT), said public awareness has improved significantly from 5 to 10 years ago. Despite the complex situation of COVID-19, whenever the institute faced a shortage of blood, it only needed to issue an appeal and thousands of blood donors would come the next day.
Shortages will no longer be a concern if all healthy people are willing to share their precious blood, he said.
Khanh noted that healthy people who donate regularly are the source of the best quality and safety of blood, as they are always aware of the importance of protecting their health.
In addition to helping save the lives of others, donors can also benefit themselves.
According to the NIHBT, donating blood regularly, especially at a young age, helps reduce the risk of hemochromatosis, thereby reducing the rate of strokes and cardiovascular disease.
In addition, donors will also benefit from free health checks and blood testsbe cared for after the donation and receive gifts and a blood donation certificate that will allow them to receive at most the same volume of blood that they donated for free when necessary.
The NIHBT has expressed its hope that healthy people will donate blood regularly whenever they can because a large number of patients are waiting to live every day and every hour./.