Singapore Red Cross facing shortage of blood
Written by May Wong
30 Dec 2006 1838 hrs (GMT + 8hrs)
SINGAPORE: The Singapore Red Cross is facing a shortage of blood again this year, especially with more accidents and surgeries.
The target is to get 85,000 packets of blood.
But it has only collected 82,000 packets so far.
Getting more people to donate blood has always been an uphill task.
And the year-end holiday and the wet weather didn't help.
Singapore Red Cross ' Elaine Tham said: "Every day, you would need about 300 donors walking in to donate blood. However at this period of time, we only have between 150 and 200. So we have a shortfall on a daily basis. And we would relate this to the rain. With the heavy rain, people are sort of deterred and also during this time, people are going on holidays. The festive season, people are so busy with shopping."
So Red Cross Volunteers have prepared brochures to encourage and remind people to donate blood.