Southern hub invests $4.8 mln in blood bank

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Ho Chi Minh City on Tuesday opened a VND89.6 billion (US$4.8 million) blood bank said to be the first in Vietnam to meet international standards.

The blood bank is equipped with advanced technology to preserve and distribute 75,000 liters of blood per year. It can deactivate viruses, making blood products safer, said Nguyen Tan Binh, director of the HCMC Hospital of Hematology and Blood Transfusion, where the bank is situated.

It can also produce all blood components with high productivity, meeting the demand in the southern city as well as other localities, he added.

Of particular importance was the bank can store rare blood types in good condition for over ten years, Binh said.

He said this technology allowed them to call for donors with rare blood types to contribute blood periodically instead of asking for asking form them when needed.

“Now people with rare blood types don’t have to be worried anymore, as the bank can be more proactive in acquiring supply.”

The new blood bank had several advantages over current facilities which stored blood using traditional equipment like refrigerators, Binh said.

Source: Thanh Nien, SGTT

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