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Feasts bring famine to blood donations (2)

(China Daily)

09:47, February 01, 2012

As a result, some surgeries that might need blood transfusion were put off and some cancer treatments affected, said Guo Yanhong, vice-director of the medical administration division under the Ministry of Health.

Nationwide, blood shortages emerged at the end of 2010 and the trend has become more evident in a few regions, she said.

The majority of blood donations went to people with cancer and those who suffered traumatic accidents, burns or who undergo surgery, experts said.

Currently, 87 out of 10,000 people on the mainland donate blood, far below the 454 out of 10,000 in industrial countries and even many other middle-income countries, official statistics showed.

"A widespread mistrust of the Red Cross societies and low public awareness are mainly to be blamed," Guo said.

She praised college students and migrant workers, who are dominant donors now, and encouraged the public to follow suit to save lives.

To facilitate blood donation by college students, the Beijing Red Cross Blood Center will dispatch blood-collecting vans on university campuses regularly this year.

Meanwhile, the Beijing health bureau asked universities to set up special blood donation coordinating teams and the course will be linked to evaluations of the schools and student donors.


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