The country’s major blood bank is running out of supply and is calling for donations, especially of types A and O.
A statement from the Central Institute of Blood Transfusion and Hematology in Hanoi said it only has enough blood left for one week use.
The group A supply has dropped to a seventh of the safe amount, and the hospital is only able to supply 10 percent of the demand.
The type O supply is at 80 percent of the safe amount, it said.
Dr Pham Tuan Duong, deputy director of the institute, told Tuoi Tre newspaper, “Patients are waiting for blood every day, especially those in need of A and O blood types.
“We earnestly call for your donations for the sake of patients’ lives.”
The institute is the biggest blood bank in northern Vietnam, supplying blood to 120 hospitals in Hanoi and other provinces.