Addressing the launching ceremony in Hanoi, Deputy Prime Minister Truong Hoa Binh cited the health ministry’s data that since the campaign kick-started in January 1994, donors have currently provided 98 percent of the blood collected.

 Red Sunday program for blood donation launched across 25 cities and provinces

In 2016, the country collected nearly 1.2 million blood units, which were equivalent to 75 percent of blood demand for surgery, treatment and provision nationwide, he noted.

He hoped such blood donation events as “Chu Nhat Do” (Red Sunday), “Xuan Hong” (Pink Spring) festival, and “Hanh trinh Do” (Red Journey) will be expanded across the country in the coming time.

More than 40 blood donation festivals are scheduled to take place during the Red Sunday program with the hope of collecting nearly 25,000 blood units.

Many cities and provinces strive to collect over 1,000 units of bloods, including Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Dak Lak, Thai Nguyen, Thanh Hoa, Nghe An, Thai Binh, Nam Dinh, Ha Nam and Hai Phong.

Source: VNA