City supports voluntary blood donations amid debate on draft law

While a pending draft law would require all Vietnamese to donate blood at least once a year, HCM City has set a target to have at least 220,000 citizens donate blood voluntarily this year. The city authority also targets having at least 94 per cent of  “good quality” blood from donations. HCM City is facing a shortage of blood for transfusions due to a lack of donors. The city has urged district and ward authorities as well as leaders of companies, organisations, factories and schools to continue to encourage people to donate blood voluntarily. Leaders of companies have been asked to encourage at least 30 per cent of officials and public employees at state-owned companies and organisations to donate blood.

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