Donations urged as blood donor levels plummet

The China Post
Date: January 13, 2017
By: Sun Hsin Hsuan

The Cabinet on Thursday called for blood donors to keep on giving as the nation’s blood bank reported

Donors give blood at a donation center in Taipei on Thursday, Jan. 12. (CNA)

an alarming drop in donations following a scandal over its financial ties.

The plea by spokesman Hsu Kuo-yung (徐國勇) came hours after Taiwan Blood Service Foundation Chairman Yeh Ching-chuan (葉金川) resigned, claiming that the Cabinet had forced him to resign because he was a member of the Kuomintang (KMT).

Announcing his resignation, Yeh said that an acquaintance with high-level clearance at the Health Ministry, who was also a board director at the blood foundation, told him that “the Cabinet wants you to resign.”

Responding to the former health chief, Hsu said, “as much as we appreciate his contribution to the country as a minister in the past … we regret him hammering the Cabinet for no reason today.”

He described Yeh’s reasoning for resigning as “paranoid.”

The event came a day after tabloid magazine Mirror Media reported that the blood bank was among the KMT’s “ill-gotten” party assets and had been selling donated blood to hospitals at extravagant prices.

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