Foundation implores public to donate blood amid shortage

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Taipei, Aug. 10 (CNA) The Taiwan Blood Services Foundation issued an urgent appeal Saturday for the public to donate blood as its blood supply nationwide fell well below the officially designated safe level of seven days in many parts of the country.

According to the foundation's latest data, Taipei reported the most critical shortage of blood, with stocks of type A blood down to less than a four-day supply.

Type B reserves are down to 5.3 days of supply, type O reserves are down to 4.7 days of supply and type AB reserves are down to 6.4 days of supply.

Liu Chun-hong (劉俊宏) of the Taipei Blood Center, which is run by the foundation, said blood stocks in Taipei have dropped because fewer people donated blood on Friday when offices and schools were closed in the city because of Typhoon Lekima.

The foundation's blood reserves had been running consistently low since late July, but the problem became more urgent on Friday, when the group was not able to collect the 1,500 bags of blood it usually gets on weekdays on average.

Tainan in southwest Taiwan is also facing a shortage of blood types A, B, O and AB, while Kaohsiung is short of blood types A, B and O, according to the nonprofit group.

Taichung is facing shortages of type A and O, while Hsinchu has supplies of all blood types above the safe level except for type A, the foundation said.

Venues where people can donate blood can be found online on the foundation's website (http://www.tp.blood.org.tw/).

(By Chang Ming-hsuan and Chung Yu-chen)
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