At the award ceremony (Source: tuoitrethudo.com.vn)

Hanoi (VNA) – The National Institute of Haematology - Blood Transfusion (NIHBT) held a ceremony in Hanoi on December 13 to present the “Giot hong” (Red Drops) Award and meet leaders and managers of units organising blood donation events in 2018.

The award honours agencies, organisations and individuals for their tireless efforts for the lives of patients.

This year’s award was presented to 15 collectives and 12 individuals in Hanoi and northern provinces with excellent achievements in the effort.

Speaking at the event, Dr Bach Quoc Khanh, Director of the NIHBT, said this is the 11th year the institute has hosted the programme to thank the agencies’ leaders and managers for their active contributions to the voluntary blood donation movement.

By the end of November 2018, the NIHBT received more than 320,000 units of blood, including 317,000 units from voluntary donations, accounting for 99 percent of the total and up 6.7 percent compared to the same period last year, he said.

The source helped the institute ensure blood supplies for emergency and treatment at hospitals in 26 northern cities and provinces, he added.

In 2019, the National Institute of Haematology - Blood Transfusion aims to receive at least 350,000 units of blood. To reach this target, Khanh said the institute will strengthen coordination with agencies, units, businesses and steering boards of cities and provinces to organise blood donation events, and improve care for blood donors.-VNA