(added on 2017/06/14)
Give blood now and give often 及時捐血。恆常捐血
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In response to shortage in blood inventories, Hong Kong Red Cross Blood Transfusion Service would appeal to the general public for blood donation, such that clinical transfusion treatment would not be interrupted. The map shows the increase in whole blood collections by donors’ residence districts and donor centres, after an urgent appeal for blood donation on 4th May this year.
In the first week after the appeal, a significant increase in whole blood collections was observed in all 9 donor centres, indicated by blood drop symbols. As compared with the daily number of collections in the fortnight before the appeal, more than 50 collection units of whole blood were collected per day in Mong Kok Donor Centre. As depicted by graduated colour, the weekly number of blood donors in eight districts increased by more than 50%. However, people residing in Tuen Mun, Tai Po, Kwun Tong and Southern were less responsive to the appeal. The geographical variation in responding to the appeal might be related to multiple factors, such as population structure, accessibility of donor centres and life-style and commuting patterns of residents.
World Blood Donor Day is observed on 14th June. The slogan of the campaign this year not only encourages people to take immediate action to give blood, but also highlights the importance of regular blood donation on healthcare services.
Data for the map were obtained from Hong Kong Red Cross Blood Transfusion Service.