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
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
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]