Some 1,200 students from eight universities and junior colleges in the northern port city of Hai Phong joined a blood donation festival on October 30.

The event at the Hai Phong Medical University collected nearly 1,000 units of blood.

Deputy Secretary of the municipal committee of the Ho Chi Minh Communist Youth Union Bui Thi Ngoc said the voluntary blood donation drive has received great response from youngsters and students in the locality. However, the donation has just partly satisfied the demand.

According to the Hai Phong Centre of Hematology and Blood Transfusion, the demand has doubled over the past seven years and the city needs over 14,000 blood units in 2013.

Director of the centre Hoang Van Phong said that at present, more than half of the blood supply comes from students of four large universities in the city.-VNA