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Health officials want residents to donate blood

HEALTH authorities are asking the city's residents to donate more blood, especially type A, to make up for a shortfall.

Since mid-May, the city's clinical need of blood has grown 10 percent over the same period last year, according to the Shanghai Blood Administration Office.

"The rise in visitors to the city during the World Expo has contributed to the increase in blood demand," said Zhu Yueguo, director of the office.

Millions of visitors to the city means more accidents and diseases, which may result in the need for more blood.

The supply of blood type A has fallen below healthy levels.

Normally type A accounts for 30 percent of blood stocks, but the city only has about 20 percent now, Zhu said.

He said that less people donate blood in the summer due to the hot weather and frequent rainstorms.

The city has established a 10,000-member volunteer team of blood donors in case of shortages during the World Expo, officials said.

About 4,000 of these volunteers have already donated blood, Zhu said.

At the same time, hospitals have reported a rise in children with fever, diarrhea and sunstroke due to the hot weather.

Shanghai Children's Medical Center received about 4,000 patients in the first three days of this month, many more than historical records.

Many patients are trans-ferred from the Expo site to the hospital. Most of these patients have a fever, sunstroke or minor injuries.

Doctors advised parents to be aware of food quality during the hot weather and urge their children to wash their hands frequently to avoid picking up viruses at the World Expo site.


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