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Donating blood to aid kin is OK

SHANGHAI'S local blood administrator said yesterday the city has never banned people from donating blood in exchange for a guaranteed blood supply for their relative's surgery.

The statement came after the city of Wuhan announced on Tuesday that it was stopping such practice to control illegal blood business.

Lu Yi, a Shanghai Blood Administration official, said the mutual aid for blood use is allowed by the nation's Blood Donation Law as a way to boost donations and ease shortages. She said blood from mutual aid accounts for 5 percent of all the blood collected in Shanghai, far less than the 20 percent reported by Wuhan, capital of Hubei Province.

Wuhan's blood authority said such a practice has created a loophole as some people bought blood-donation certificates from others to ensure their family members had blood for surgery.

Some people are engaged in illegal blood sales, which pose risks to patients and affect normal collection of blood, the Wuhan Health Bureau said. It ruled that all patients must get blood through allocation by the local blood authority.

The Wuhan Blood Center said it is working on a stricter mutual-aid system to close the loophole.


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