Call for blood donations

The Thai Red Cross Society has issued a plea for the public to donate blood because the amount held in store has dropped since the beginning of this month.

Soysa-ang Pikulsod, director of the National Blood Centre, said the supply was now limited to only 1,500-2,000 units of blood per day. Since the beginning of January year the amount of blood received from donors has dropped to about 1,200 units per day.

At the same time, the  needs of more than 100 hospitals in Bangkok and other provinces had gone up to about 4,000 units per day.

The centre distributes 60 per cent of blood available to hospitals in Bangkok and the rest to other provinces.

Members of the public are asked to donate blood at the National Blood Centre on Henry Dunant road from   8am-4.30pm on Monday, Wednesday and Friday; 7.30am-7.30pm on Thursday and Tuesday; and 8.30am-3.30pm on Saturday, Sunday and official holidays.

They can also donate blood at a mobile unit in each province.

For more information, please call 02-256433 or 02-2639600-99 extension 1101.

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