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PMI installs blood donation units at malls, campuses

  • The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, June 15 2010   /  10:53 am

The Indonesian Red Cross (PMI) expects to increase its blood supply by building new donor centers in shopping centers and universities throughout the country.“We want to bring people closer to the blood donor centers so that blood donation becomes second nature,” said PMI’s chairman Jusuf Kalla during the official launch of a blood donation unit in Crystal Lagoon, Lower Ground of Senayan City mall, South Jakarta, Monday.He added that currently Indonesia faced a shortage in blood donations. According to the international standard, a country should ideally have at least two percent of blood supply from its total population.“It means that we need 4.8 million bags of blood, while now PMI can only produce about 1.9 million bags each year,” said Jusuf.He added that PMI targeted healthy young generation and middle class to increase good quality blood supplies.Fresh blood: People donat...