Expats donate blood at city hospital

About 300 donors, both Chinese nationals and foreigners, marked World Blood Donor Day by giving donations at Jiahui International Hospital.
Expats donate blood at city hospital
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Expats donate blood at the Jiahui International Hospital on Wednesday.

About 80 expats donated blood at Jiahui International Hospital on Wednesday in a drive held by the hospital and co-sponsored by the Xuhui District Blood Management Office.

Mark Voigt, a German working in the automobile industry who has been living in Shanghai for 18 months, was donating blood for the first time. 

“I like Shanghai, and I donate my blood to give something back to the city,” Voigt said.

Expats donate blood at city hospital
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Mark Voigt, an expat from Germany, takes a selfie as he donates blood for the first time at Jiahui International Hospital.

He said he has no concern about medical facilities in Shanghai.

“I have been to another hospital here a few times, and I think medical care here is on the same level as that in Europe,” he said.

Anna Kozlowska, from Poland, has been working in education in Shanghai for two years. She said it was the first time she had donated blood in China. She had donated blood in the US before.

“I didn’t know that foreigners can donate blood here, and I just found out,” said Kozlowska. “Now I can do it regularly.”

Expats donate blood at city hospital
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Anna Kozlowska, who is from Poland, donates blood for the first time in China.

About 300 donors, both Chinese and foreigners, gave blood at the hospital on Wednesday at the event marking World Blood Donor Day, which falls on Friday.

“The theme of this year's World Blood Donor Day is ‘safe blood for all,’” said Ren Xuelei, from the Xuihui District Blood Management Office. “We attach great importance to safe blood donation for both locals and expats in Shanghai.”

Hospital CEO Ge Feng, who also donated blood, said the event was to promote blood donation in Shanghai and especially among expats.

“There’s a much bigger chance that a foreigner has Rh negative blood type, so more blood donations from foreigners means more blood of such rare types in our reserve which saves lives in the most critical cases,” he said.

About a third of the patients of the hospital which opened in October 2017 are foreigners, and its medical staff and management are made up of people from over 10 countries and regions.

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