Blood donations needed as stocks hit pre-holiday low

LUNAR NEW YEAR: Blood transfusions increased by 35,700 last year, leading to a critical shortage this month, and the holidays could see stocks fall to a minimum

Taipei Times
Date: Jan 13, 2019
By: Lee I-chia  /  Staff reporter

Blood stocks in greater Taipei yesterday equaled only about a six-day supply, the Taipei

People dressed up as Darth Vader and stormtroopers from Star Wars hold up signs saying “Blood shortage” at an event in Taipei yesterday calling on residents to donate.  Photo: CNA

Blood Center said, adding that stocks usually drop during the Lunar New Year holiday and it encourages people to donate blood before then.

The Taiwan Blood Services Foundation on Jan. 3 reported a critical shortage of blood in Taipei, saying that stocks of three blood groups had plummeted to less than a three-day supply, the lowest reserves in two decades.

It yesterday said that the level has increased to about six days.

The center and the Rotary Club of Taipei at a blood donation event at Warner Village Cinema in the city’s Xinyi District (信義) encouraged people to “roll up their sleeves” to help others.    [FULL  STORY]

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