Upon addressing the ceremony, Nguyen Long Hai, vice chairman of the provincial People’s Committee, emphasised that over the past five years, blood donation campaigns throughout the locality have enjoyed remarkable changes thanks to the participation of representatives of relevant agencies and local residents.
For this year’s event, the districts of Cao Loc and Chi Lang have successfully organised the Red Journey program with more than 680 units of blood being collected.
Bach Quoc Khanh, director of the National Institute of Hematology and Blood Transfusion (NIHBT), who is also head of the Red Journey 2019’s organising board, said diverse activities to publicise the blood donation campaign draw people from all social strata in Lang Son.
The National Steering Committee for Voluntary Blood Donation called on local residents to continue to donate blood in order to meet the shortage of blood over the summer months, noting that the locality aims to achieve a target of 2 per cent of residents being involved in voluntary blood activities each year.
The Red Journey program is an annual event that is organised nationwide with the aim of raising public awareness about blood donation and dealing with the shortage of blood for emergency treatment.
This year’s event saw the program held in Lang Son province and featured a wide range of activities such as a parade and a blood donation festival.
The provincial Steering Committee for Voluntary Blood Donation is expected to collect some 1,200 units of blood this year. Last year 3,347 units of bloods were collected in Lang Son, surpassing the target by 12 per cent.