Nation’s blood reserves dangerously low

APPEAL FOR DONATIONS: The Taiwan Blood Services Foundation said Typhoon Lekima compounded the problem, as fewer people than usual gave blood on Friday

Taipei Times
Date: Aug 11, 2019
By: Staff writer, with CNA

A screen grab taken yesterday from the Taiwan Blood Services Foundation Web site shows the status of different blood groups stored in the blood banks in, from left, Taipei, Hsinchu, Taichung, Tainan and Kaohsiung.
Screen grab from the Taiwan Blood Services Foundation Web site

The Taiwan Blood Services Foundation issued an urgent appeal yesterday for people to donate blood as its reserve stock fell well below the safe level of seven days worth of blood in many parts of the country.

Taipei had the most critical shortage of blood, with stocks of type A blood down to less than a four-day supply, foundation data showed.

Type B reserves were down to 5.3 days of supply, type O reserves to 4.7 days and type AB reserves were down to 6.4 days.

Liu Chun-hong (劉俊宏) of the Taipei Blood Center, which is run by the foundation, said that blood stocks in Taipei have dropped because fewer people donated blood on Friday when offices and schools were closed because of Typhoon Lekima.    [FULL  STORY]

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