120,000 units of blood from donors expected in April hinh anh 1People donate blood at the Red Spring Festival. (Photo: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) – Vietnam expects to have 200,000 voluntary blood donors for a minimum of 120,000 units of blood during April.

Cities and provinces nationwide have scheduled a host of activities in response to “National Blood Donation Day” (April 7) to raise public awareness of the necessity of non-remunerated blood donation and to encourage people to give blood to save lives.

The localities will organise communication campaigns on local media to provide people with basic information on blood and the benefits of blood donations. They will also make it clear that donating blood is a safe procedure that is not harmful to people’s health.

A network of social clubs for blood donors and those with rare blood types, including Club 25 - a youth blood doners group, as well as blood banks, will be encouraged and expanded at local level, while individuals who make regular blood donations will be honoured.

The country targets to collect at least 10 percent of blood needed this year during April.-VNA