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Saigon Times Group to organize blood drive in early October

By Dung Vu

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HCMC – The Saigon Times Group will join hands with the HCMC Blood Donation Center and Red Cross Society in Nguyen Thai Binh Ward, District 1, HCMC to hold the Blood Donation Day 2023 under the theme “Saigon Times – Great Circle – Giving Blood” on October 8.

The Blood Donation Day, one of the annual social activities held by the Saigon Times Group, shows its responsibility to the community. It is also part of the Saigon Times Group’s celebration of the 32nd birthday of The Saigon Times Weekly (October 10, 1991) and the 28th birthday of The Saigon Times (October 2, 1995).

Riding on the success of the previous editions of the Blood Donation Day, the Saigon Times Group calls on all valued readers, domestic and foreign enterprises, and diplomatic agencies in HCMC to participate in this annual program, and assist patients in need of blood for medical treatment.

The Blood Donation Day is set to take place at the Saigon Times Group head office at 35 Nam Ky Khoi Nghia Street, Nguyen Thai Binh Ward, District 1, HCMC, from 7:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on October 8, 2023.

Agustaviano Sofjan, Consul General of the Republic of Indonesia in HCMC, donates blood at the Saigon Times Blood Donation Day last year

Readers interested in the Saigon Times Group’s blood drive should fill out the registration form at: https://forms.gle/oMCUXM1vq36Q2MhS8

Or contact Mr. Manh Dung on 090 234 9288, or by email at bandoingoai@kinhtesaigon.vn.

All registrations should be sent in before 5 p.m. on Friday, October 6.

To ensure safety during the blood donation process, donors should take note of the following information:

  • Blood volume collected per donor: 350 or 450 milliliters.
  • Only register for blood donation when you are well and not exposed to the risk of transfusion-transmitted infections.
  • Meet the requirements for age (18-60), weight (45 kilograms or above), and minimum interval between two blood donations (three months).
  • Follow the instructions of health workers and volunteers at the blood donation site.
  • Carefully read and fill out the blood donation questionnaire and the health declaration form.

Blood donors should:

  • Have a light meal and drink water (300-500ml) before donating blood.
  • Consume plenty of food and water for 24 hours after donating blood.
  • Lie or sit for 10 minutes after donation.
  • Apply gentle pressure to the injection site for 10 minutes with a piece of cotton wool and keep the bandage on the arms for 4-6 hours.
  • Lie down with their legs elevated if they feel dizzy, tired or nauseous.
  • Cover the injection site with a cold towel or ice if inflammation occurs.

They should not:

  • Drink milk, alcohol, or beer before the donation. 
  • Drive for a long distance, work hard or do exercises on the blood donation day.

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