|A blood donation campaign in Dak Lak province.
Over the past 20 years, Hoang Minh Trung, leader of the "Red Journey" group of Cu Kuin district, has voluntarily donated blood twice a year and has mobilized relatives and others to join the effort.
Trung told VOV that he began donating blood after he himself and one of his relatives were hospitalized and in emergency need of blood transfusions. They were fortunate to receive life-saving donations.
“Both my mother and I once needed blood for emergency treatment, so the feeling of giving my blood to others makes me extremely happy. Blood donations are invaluable. I feel even happier when my calls for blood donations are well-received,” he recalled.
56-year-old Nguyen Tan Cho from Cu M'gar district has donated blood many times.
He said his AB positive blood is one of the rarest blood types, so he’s very pleased when his blood donation can help save a life.
“I’ve donated blood 44 times. The first donation was the most memorable in my life because I contributed to saving a coworker. On another occasion my blood donation saved the life of a 3-year-old child,” said Cho.
According to Y Wem Hwing, Vice Chairman of the People's Committee of Cu M'ga district, the locals have been made aware that donating blood does not have adverse consequences, but contributes to saving patients’ lives.
Hwing said, “In the past, Ede people were fearful of donating blood. But now, Ede people and members of 24 other ethnic groups living together in Cu M'gar district are willing to participate in blood donation drives. They’ve donated blood many times and are ready to do this whenever they know somebody in need of a transfusion.”
Nguyen Duc Phu, chief of the office of the provincial Voluntary Blood Donation Mobilisation Committee, said the volume of blood collected in Dak Lak has jumped to 22,000 units annually from some 700 units in 2003.
“People are enthusiastic about giving their blood for emergencies and medical treatment. In case of blood shortages, we often call on donors from blood donation clubs of schools, Youth Unions, and agencies,” said Phu.