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Migrants drive blood donation

THE migrant workers who visit blood-donation buses and stations have become the main source of donations in Shanghai, the city's health authorities said yesterday.

But the city's blood donation rate of 1.17 percent is not particularly high - fewer than 12 people for every 1,000 residents donated blood.

In Shanghai, about half of all donors gave their blood at street-donation buses or stations. More than 70 percent of them were migrant workers.

"Few white-collar workers and people with high academic degrees would donate blood," said the report.

They said they're too busy to donate blood or they are in poor health, an official with the Shanghai health authorities explained.

Guo Wei, 28, a business owner, told Shanghai Daily yesterday that he has not considered donating blood because the health situation is not as good as before and because it's a tiring task and would affect daily work. He expressed concerns about the safety of the street blood-donation buses and stations.

Evan Li, an IT engineer, said he has never donated blood because he's under great pressure at work, tiring his body. "Most of my friends and colleagues share similar situation," he said.

Though Shanghai this year has not reported the blood shortage that often appears in July and August, a shortfall of about 70,000 units could occur late next year when several newly built hospitals in suburban districts will open.

In a trial operation, patients are being told before they undergo surgery that they should have their own blood pre-stored, which has helped to prevent the usual shortage.

For all of China, the blood donation rate is 0.87 percent, lower than the 1 percent standard recommended by the World Health Organization.

A country is likely to suffer shortages if its donation rate is less than 1 percent, a figure that holds in more than 70 countries and regions around the world.


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