HCM City faces shortage of blood amid Covid-19 outbreak

, HCM City faces shortage of blood amid Covid-19 outbreak
  • HCM City has remained the country’s largest Covid-19 epicentre with thousands of new daily-recorded cases.
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HCM City is facing a dearth of blood supplies as donations have been hampered by the on-going Covid-19 spread.

According to Dr. Phu Chi Dung, Director of HCM City Hospital of Blood Transfusion and Hematology, each day the hospital, which manages the city’s blood bank, receives only from 30 to 50 blood bags, equal to only a tenth of the amount of blood needed for some 150 local hospitals.

Dung added that the city is applying tight social distancing measures due to the sharp rise in Covid-19 patients. This means local people are only allowed to go out in necessary cases, and this has affected blood donation activities.

HCM City’s blood reserves has been forecasted to fall to the alarming level of below 3,000 blood bags in a week if there are no timely additional supply sources, particularly group O, Dung warned.

The hospital and the HCM City Humanitarian Blood Donation Centre expected that Thu Duc City and districts would have measures to maintain their local blood donation activities in line with Covid-19 prevention regulations during the city’s social distancing.

HCM City has remained the country’s largest Covid-19 epicentre with thousands of new daily-recorded cases.

The city has decided to extend its social distancing measures until August 1.

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