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Urgently clarify information “making money” on voluntary blood donors

As an intermediary to call and connect voluntary blood donors in the community to serve heart surgery cases, Mr. HT An asked the patient’s family to give 2 million VND to foster the patient. Blood Donation. However, in reality, blood donors did not receive any compensation from Mr. An. The case was reported by the press and is attracting the attention of the community.

Regarding the above information, on June 6, the Department of Health of Ho Chi Minh City had an urgent meeting with the Director of the Heart Institute and the Ho Chi Minh City Red Cross Society. On the evening of the same day, the Department of Health made a quick report on the incident.

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Voluntary blood donation is a noble gesture of the community for life (Photo: Pham Nguyen)

Accordingly, the person suspected of taking advantage of the good deeds of blood donors to “make money” for the patient’s family is Mr. HT An. This man was a member of the “Love Cart” Club of the Red Crescent Society of Quang Trung Middle School in Thanh Hoi when the COVID-19 epidemic broke out in 2021.

After the translation, the club “Love car” disbanded. Volunteers participating in the fight against the epidemic have established the “Ho Chi Minh City Red Cross Entrepreneurs Club” and the “For Community Health” Club to participate in humanitarian activities in the post-COVID-19 period.

The fact that Mr. HT An was assigned to be the deputy head of the communication department was assigned by the Board of Directors of the Entrepreneur Club. The incident that happened at the Heart Institute in Ho Chi Minh City was the personal act of Mr. HT An, not part of the club’s work assigned to him.

Mr. HT An has been at the Heart Institute of Ho Chi Minh City for more than 10 years now as a volunteer and often helps poor patients at the hospital. During the COVID-19 epidemic in Ho Chi Minh City, Mr. HT An also campaigned for relationships to help provide some free meals for the relatives of inpatients and help contact sponsors to support the patient’s car. home when discharged from the hospital.

In addition, Mr. An also guided the procedure for some difficult children to ask for help from the hospital. Through investigation and verification, initially, the Director of the Heart Institute said that there was no relationship between the medical staff of the Heart Institute and Mr. HT An in doing wrong with the law and ethics as stated in the press. .

Due to the nature of heart surgery, it is a type of surgery that loses a lot of blood, always requires blood transfusion during surgery and the number of patients who need surgery at the Heart Institute is very large, so the hospital must always ensure a blood supply. for patients undergoing surgery. In addition to the blood source received from the Blood Transfusion – Hematology hospital, the Heart Institute also actively mobilizes the patient’s relatives to donate blood.

For patients with relatives who donate blood, there is no cost and absolutely no requirement to compensate the blood donor. In case the patient has no relatives to donate blood, the Director of the Heart Institute also affirmed that blood donation does not affect the surgery schedule and the hospital always ensures the legitimate interests of the patient.

According to a quick report, after the press reported the incident, the Heart Institute’s leaders realized that there was a lack of management and supervision of people who came to do volunteer work at the hospital. The hospital would like to learn from experience and correct it immediately.

The Department of Health requires the Director of the Heart Institute and local hospitals to seriously review and correct the management and close supervision of volunteer activities at the unit to avoid similar cases. may happen. The Department of Health also asked the leaders of the Heart Institute to coordinate with the Blood Transfusion – Hematology Hospital to ensure the blood supply for surgical patients at the Heart Institute. urgent cases.

The Department of Health also said that it will continue to coordinate with the City Police and the Ho Chi Minh City Red Cross Association to verify, check and clarify the case, strictly handle violators (if any) and report to the General Department of Health. directly to the People’s Committee of Ho Chi Minh City.

Regarding the above incident, on June 6, Mr. Duong Anh Duc, Vice Chairman of the People’s Committee of Ho Chi Minh City gave urgent instructions to request the Department of Health, Ho Chi Minh City Public Security, and the City Red Cross to clarify the press information reflected by the media. .

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