Despite the recent increase in cases relating to the acute respiratory disease caused by the new strain of the coronavirus, large groups of people still chose to gather in Ho Chi Minh City to take an active part in the blood donation festival, according to Pham Mai Phuong, head of the Red Journey Club.
In a bid to ensure the safety of all blood donors, the Red Journey Club will run their blood donation timetable across two days from February 8-9 in order to avoid overcrowding.
In addition, those attending to donate blood have been issued with instructions to use medical masks, wash their hands, measure their body temperature, and check their blood pressure.
So far, the event has proved to be a success with the HCMC Humanitarian Blood Donation Center receiving over 300 units of blood on the morning of February 8.
According to statistics released by the Ho Chi Minh City Hematology Blood Transfusion Hospital, as of January 31, the blood reserve at the city’s blood bank only had 4,900 bags of blood.
This indicates a lack of blood among medical facilities throughout the southern city with 800 to 1,000 bags of blood expected to be dispensed each day.
Therefore, the active participation of a large number of volunteers donating blood will contribute to overcoming the scarcity of blood following the Lunar New Year, especially in light of the spread of the coronavirus.