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Blood bank disputes results of survey

About 4.8 percent local residents claimed to have donated blood this year, according to a survey, but local blood bank officials said there wasn’t any substantial increase in donations.

Officials said the survey, conducted by the Shanghai Statistics Bureau through an online questionnaire, may not reflect the real picture.

The Shanghai Blood Administration Office said the city’s blood donation rate in July was only 1.32 percent of the population, just above the 1 percent alert level set by the World Health Organization for emergencies and first aid.

“People who participated in the survey were most likely the young and middle-aged people, which is why the figure is so high,” said Lu Yi, an official at the blood administration office. “People between 18 and 30 do cover half of our donors.”

Lu said the city’s blood collection this year was higher than the previous years.

“That is because we promoted blood donation drive on the streets,” she said. “When the donation rate didn’t rise quickly, the streetside donation campaign of 400 milliliters, the maximum allowed during one donation, rose from 30 percent to the current 65 percent.”

Blood donation is still not widely accepted in China, as people think giving blood is harmful to health.



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