Vietnam News Agency launches blood donation festival hinh anh 1VNA officials, reporters and staff members donate blood (Photo: VNA)
Hanoi (VNA) – The trade union of the Vietnam News Agency (VNA) and the National Institute of Hematology and Blood Transfusion jointly held a blood donation festival at the VNA headquarters in Hanoi on August 16.

As many as 175 officials, reporters and staff members from the news agency’s 24 departments donated 153 units of blood.

VNA Deputy Director General Dinh Dang Quang highlighted the festival as one of the traditional charitable activities aimed at easing the shortage of blood at hospitals.

According to the Ministry of Health’s statistics, the country collected more than 1.4 million units of blood in 2016, equivalent to 1.5 percent of the country’s population donating blood. The collected blood has met more than 60 percent of the country’s emergencies, treatments and preventive demands.

Additionally, the health sector has set a goal of collecting at least 1.7 million units of blood in 2017.-VNA