Date
23 July 2017
Hong Kong's blood bank has grown just 10.4 percent in the past five years, or an average of 2 percent a year. Photo: HK Govt
Hong Kong's blood bank has grown just 10.4 percent in the past five years, or an average of 2 percent a year. Photo: HK Govt

Hong Kong Red Cross denies sending blood to China

The Hong Kong Red Cross (HKRC) is denying it has been sending blood to mainland China amid a local shortage.

It is urging the public to continue to support its blood donation campaign after a Facebook post by a netizen called Horara Fun accused HKRC of depleting the Hong Kong blood bank in favor of China, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reports.

The post also urged the public to stop donating blood to HKRC and withdraw from the government’s organ donation registry.

HKRC said on its social media page that it supports both public and private hospitals for their blood transfusion needs and has never delivered any inventories outside Hong Kong.  

And only if local supply is ample would it consider sending blood to other areas, it said.

HKRC said Hong Kong rarely has a blood supply surplus given growing demand from its rapidly aging population.

It said Hong Kong’s blood bank has grown just 10.4 percent in the past five years, or an average of 2 percent a year.

The Facebook poster said China has expanded its organ donation network to Hong Kong and Macau, implying some organs intended for use in these places are being shipped to the mainland. 

Meanwhile, the Food and Health Bureau said Hong Kong hospitals and institutions have no formal mechanism for organ and blood donation with their foreign counterparts.

Translation by Chloe Chow

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