Expats donate blood at city hospital
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.
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.”
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.