The blood donation programme in Hung Yen province on March 14 attracted more than 700 young people (Photo: VNA)

Hung Yen (VNA) – More than 700 young people in the northern province of Hung Yen took part in a blood donation programme on March 14, part of March’s Youth Month activities.

The event was held at the University of Finance and Business Administration by the Hung Yen provincial Committee of the Ho Chi Minh Communist Youth Union (HCYU). It was also meant to celebrate the HCYU’s 88th founding anniversary on March 26.

More than 400 blood units were collected at the programme, before being delivered to the National Institute of Hematology and Blood Transfusion.

Vice Secretary of the provincial HCYU Committee Nguyen Tuan Phong said the programme was a chance to encourage young people to volunteer for the sake of social security and community health and to help promote blood donation.

In 2018, Vietnam collected more than 1.3 million blood units, 98.3 percent of which were donated by volunteers who account for 1.68 percent of the population, according to the National Steering Committee for Voluntary Blood Donation.-VNA