Doctors from the institute examined and tested officers and soldiers with blood type O (Source: vov.vn)
Khanh Hoa (VNA) – A live blood bank project initiated by the National Institute of Hematology and Blood Transfusion in Truong Sa (Spratly) archipelago has proven effective, helping provide blood for medical treatment on the islands.

Lieutenant colonel Truong Duc Cuong, head of the army medical station in Truong Sa Lon island, said thanks to the bank, the station successfully carried out operations, saving many patients, who had accidents while working or on duty at sea.

Piloted in 2016, the project has been expanded across islands in the Truong Sa archipelago.

From April 15-24, High Command Region 4 under the Naval High Command sent a working delegation to visit officers, soldiers and people living and working in Truong Sa island district and Platform DK1 in the country’s southern continent shelf.

During the visit, doctors from the institute examined and tested officers and soldiers with blood type O to devise a list of people that can donate blood in emergencies on the islands of Song Tu Tay, Nam Yet, Sinh Ton, Son Ca and Truong Sa.

In recent years, the institute expanded blood banks to many remote localities and islands.

The model benefits people in Bach Long Vi island of Hai Phong city, Phu Quoc island of the Mekong Delta province of Kien Giang; Con Co island in central Quang Tri province; Si Ma Cai and Dong Van districts in the north mountainous provinces of Lao Cai and Ha Giang.-VNA