Hospitals in northern Vietnam are facing a blood supply crisis as donations dropped significantly during and after the week-long Lunar New Year holiday earlier this month.
Doctors said many patients now almost completely depend on donations from their own family members.
Pham Tuan Duong, deputy director of the National Institute of Hematology and Blood Transfusion, told news website Zing that all the northern hospitals have run out of blood of types O, A and AB and only have a little B type blood left.
The institute supplies blood to more than 150 hospitals in Hanoi and northern provinces.
But the current severe shortage means the hospitals now have to rely on blood from the patients’ families.
Ngo Manh Quan, a blood donation campaigner at the institute, said its blood supplies are running dangerously low. The long holiday meant there were no major donation events, he said, adding that the situation was worsened by a large number of brawls and road crashes during the holiday.
Many people were hospitalized during Tet (Lunar New Year Festival) but few came to donate blood, Quan said.