Date
24 May 2017
The robust response by the public led to waiting times of up to 3.5 hours at some blood donation centers. Photos: Facebook/Hong Kong Red Cross BTS, tvb.com
The robust response by the public led to waiting times of up to 3.5 hours at some blood donation centers. Photos: Facebook/Hong Kong Red Cross BTS, tvb.com

Red Cross blood donation call draws robust response

More than 2,000 people have heeded a call to donate blood and fill Hong Hong’s dwindling blood bank.

The Hong Kong Red Cross saw 1,300 and 1,100 donors on Friday and Saturday, respectively, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reports, citing Secretary for Food and Health Ko Wing-man.

Blood inventories in hospitals are expected to return to stable levels by the middle of the week, Ko said.

The enthusiastic response came after the Hospital Authority-managed blood donation service urged people from all walks of life to donate blood.

On Thursday, blood inventories were down to four days.

Jimmy Yuen, director of the Hong Kong Red Cross, said so many people heeded the call and responded by taking action.

He said he hopes to see about 1,100 donors each day in the future to prevent blood supply from becoming insufficient again.

He said he was aware of complaints about long waiting times by donors and the limited opening hours of donor centers.

Some people reportedly had to wait up to 3.5 hours at a Tsuen Wan donor center.

Yuen promised to study the possibility of extending the opening hours as well as adding more mobile donation vehicles.

He said people interested in donating blood should avoid weekends and try to do it after work or during lunch time.

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