The central city of Da Nang received more than 1,200 units of blood (250ml each) from donors on July 18-19 during The Red Journey, a transnational campaign to raise awareness about donating blood.

The donated units will be given for blood transfusions at 20 hospitals in Da Nang and Quang Nam province.

According to Da Nang General Hospital, more than 382,000 units have been donated by people in the central city since 2003, providing 99.5 percent of demand for blood transfusions and emergency cases for the city.

Last year, the number of voluntary blood donors in the city accounted for 3.25 percent of the population, the highest rate in the country.

The Red Journey 2015 blood donation campaign was introduced in Ho Chi Minh City on July 3 by the National Institute of Haematology and Blood Transfusion (NIHBT).

The campaign will be held from July 3-26 in 22 provinces and cities nationwide, aiming to attract about 20,000 donors and receive at least 17,000 units of blood.

Organised for the first time in 2013, The Red Journey has popularised blood donation activities to around 1 million people and attracted 50,000 donors with 28,400 blood units, according to Head of the NIHBT Dr. Nguyen Anh Tri.-VNA