Medics lead by example as blood supply runs low

About 50 medical professionals have responded to a blood donation event organized by a health group after the Red Cross warned of the blood bank running low due to the pandemic. Medical Conscience said the blood inventory has less than two days' of stocks and urged the public, especially...

Maisy Mok

Monday, January 25, 2021

About 50 medical professionals have responded to a blood donation event organized by a health group after the Red Cross warned of the blood bank running low due to the pandemic.

Medical Conscience said the blood inventory has less than two days' of stocks and urged the public, especially medical professionals, to donate blood.

"Hong Kong's new wave of epidemic has continued for two months, with no sign of slowing down with the public going out less. This has caused a significant drop in the number of blood donors," Medical Conscience said in a statement.

It organized a blood donation event with the Hong Kong Quality and Talent Migrants Association yesterday for the second time, with many of the 50 people who took part in the event being doctors, dentists, nurses and professionals.

It had previously organized a blood donation event in October, with also about 50 people taking part.

Other health groups, including the Association of Private Medical Specialists of Hong Kong and Hong Kong Dental Association, also took part in yesterday's event.

Hong Kong Red Cross Blood Transfusion Service showed that the blood inventory for all four blood types were at a very low level on Saturday, according to its latest data.

Its number of registrations on Saturday did not hit the daily recruitment target of 1,100, as only 787 people signed up.