Shenzhen Plans to Add More Blood Donation Sites as Demand Increases
Since there is an increase in the demand for blood at several of the local hospitals in the city, Shenzhen is planning to open up 15 more blood donation sites in the next six years based on the new blood donation regulations that will take effect on January 1, 2015. The demand for blood in the city amounts to 43 tons as of last year and is said to reach 60 tons by 2020.
Deputy director for the Shenzhen Blood Center Zhu Weigang stated that Bao’an and Longgang districts will be establishing two large hospitals soon therefore pushing up the demand for blood. As of now there are three blood storage facilities and around 30 blood donation sites found across the city and 15 more of these blood donation sites is need in the next six years.
Blood donors along with their parents, children and spouses can use the donated bloos at local hospitals for free when they need it. In the past they are asked to pay a certain fee before being reimbursed at a later date. But based on the new regulations, donors are exempted along with their family members from paying in advance and to allow the use of the blood for free, but still some formalities are still required and details are yet to be released. Furthermore under the new regulation will be extending the age cap for blood donors from 55 to 60 years old and the six month waiting period for donating blood is cut in half.