Taiwan military donates blood to boost reserves

Taiwan military mobilizes against critically low blood reserves

Army Lieutenant General Chen Pao-yu donates blood.

Army Lieutenant General Chen Pao-yu donates blood. (CNA photo)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – In response to Taiwan’s critically low blood reserves, the armed forces begin a campaign to donate blood, reported CNA.

Military spokesman Chen Chung-chi (陳中吉) said today that all units of the Armed Forces will participate in the campaign, with 50 units already giving blood through 72 events.

On Jan. 4, the Taipei Blood Center said it had on average 2.5 days worth of blood reserves left, putting its stock in a critical condition. The blood bank aims to have at least seven days worth of blood stockpiled.

This blood scarcity led hospitals and the Taipei Blood Center to call on the public to donate if possible.

In response, the armed forces began to encourage and coordinate blood donations. Military units were requested to communicate the situation to personnel, and to contact local blood donation centers.

The Ministry of National Affairs said the effort was a reflection of military’s love of the country.