Blood donations continue amid outbreak

  • China
  • Monday, 24 Feb 2020

Keeping up supply: Police officers donating blood in Urumqi, capital of the Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region. — China Daily/ANN

Urumqi: Over 350 police officers of the Xinjiang Division of the Chinese People’s Armed Police voluntarily donated blood as supplies fell in Urumqi, capital of the Xinjiang Uyghur autonomous region.

The Covid-19 outbreak that keeps many people from going outside has strained local supplies in Urumqi, said the regional Blood Centre.“

The number of donors has decreased. Before the government activated first-level emergency response, we had about 800 litres of stored blood. Now we have 350 litres left, ” said Zhang Hongbin, director of the centre.

In response, the Xinjiang Division took the lead and organised donations. After undergoing medical check-ups, over 350 police officers in good health donated more than 70 litres of blood.

“Although I did not go to the front line of the fight against the virus, I hope my blood donation will provide some help to society and we are here to set an example for everyone, ” said Mardan Ainywar, a 26-year-old police officer.

Meanwhile, the centre has rolled out services allowing people to make appointments for donations.

“Citizens can call for appointments and we will send cars to pick them up and bring them to our centre, which allows them to avoid possible infection, ” said Zhang.

In a circular issued on Feb 5, the National Health Commission and the military health department urged local authorities to make emergency plans in case of blood shortages and to step up inter-provincial allocations of blood.

In cases of emergency, local authorities should attempt to allocate blood within the province before seeking outside help, the circular said, adding that blood collectors should use more precautions. — China Daily/ANN

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