The event, themed “Joining Hands to Contain COVID-19,” was attended by Senior Lieutenant General Vo Minh Luong, Deputy Defense Minister and Head of the Government’s Special Mission in Ho Chi Minh City.

Senior Lieutenant General Vo Minh Luong (second from right) at the event

The drive aims to collect more blood to ease the blood shortage for patient treatment at hospitals in southern localities amid the complicated developments of the COVID-19 pandemic. It is also to highlight the importance of donating blood, especially during the pandemic, to troops throughout the military.

During the event, together with donating their blood, blood donors disseminate information to help troops, military workers, and cadets be fully aware of the significance of blood donation so as to attract more participants to the movement. 

Major Dam Thi Quynh Giang from the Military Technical Officer Training School said that donating blood is a meaningful deed, and it is more significant during the pandemic as it will partly contribute to containing the virus.

The school is the first military school in southern localities to organize a drive in line with the MND’s Plan 2607/KH-BQP issued on July 28, 2021. According to the plan, the MND asked Military Hospital 175 to work with military schools and relevant agencies, including the Military Technical Officer Training School, to launch a blood donation drive to meet the demand for blood in treating patients at medical establishments in Ho Chi Minh City and other southern localities.

Cadets of the school join the blood donation drive.

During the event, participants must strictly observe COVID-19 pandemic prevention and control measures of the Ministry of Health and the Department of Military Medicine.

Reportedly, the school has worked closely with Military Hospital 175 to organize various donation drives, drawing the active participation of troops, military workers and cadets. The blood collected from these drives has contributed to patient treatment in different hospitals.

Attending the event, Senior Lieutenant General Vo Minh Luong asked participating units to strictly observe COVID-19 prevention and control measures and practice different scenarios, so as to respond to them in a timely and effective manner. While encouraging blood donors, General Luong said that donating blood is a meaningful deed, demonstrating the sentiment and responsibility of Uncle Ho’s soldiers for the community.

According to organizers, more than 300 people donated blood on the morning of July 29.

Translated by Tran Hoai