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Valentine’s targetted for blood

Valentine’s targetted for blood

The National Blood Transfusion Center hopes to boost the Kingdom’s blood stocks by targetting youth donors at a second annual Valentine’s Day blood drive.

Last year’s drive drew 449 donors, almost three times the expected 150 participants.

This year’s February 14 campaign will target university students and youth aged 18 and older, who make up about 70 per cent of eligible blood donors, according to Dr Hok Kimcheng, national centre director.

Kimcheng said many would-be Cambodian donors are reluctant to give blood based on misinformation that their health could be negatively impacted. In the past, Cambodian hospitals have relied on donations mostly from foreigners.

Cambodia’s demand for blood transfusions has increased steadily, said Dr Sek Marady, the World Health Organization’s national officer for blood safety.

Residents in good health aged 17 to 60 are encouraged to participate in the blood drive held at the capital’s Preah Ang Duong Hospital on February 14.

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