Locals big on blood donation

Shanghai residents donated blood 359,400 times, providing a total of 501,500 units last year, with the amount of blood donated rising 74.7 percent from 10 years ago.

Local residents donated blood 359,400 times, providing a total of 501,500 units (200 milliliters equal one unit) last year, when there were averagely 14.86 donors among every 1,000 residents. The amount of blood donated increased by 74.7 percent from 10 years ago, the local health authority revealed ahead of Friday's World Blood Donor Day.

Shanghai now has 60 spots where people can donate blood for 203 medical facilities in the city.

To make it more convenient for donors and ensure their rights to use blood, the city allows blood donors to apply for blood use through their WeChat account and both the donor and hospital can receive the blood-use document next day. The document allows blood donors and their direct relatives to use blood with favorable policies.

According to Chinese law, blood donors and their direct relatives get priority on blood use when they undergo medical treatment.

Moreover, donors can now show their digital donor’s license, check the results of blood test and reserve blood donation through the Suishenban Citizen Cloud, an app of Shanghai's one-stop platform for government affairs, which offers residents online access to more than 1,000 public services.

The local health authority, on Thursday, also honored people and facilities with excellent blood donation records.

Locals big on blood donation
Jiang Xiaowei / SHINE

A total of 235 people are honored with the gold prize for blood donation by the local health authority.

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