The Jakarta Post, Mon, 07/26/2010 10:09 AM | The Archipelago
MEDAN: Regional Representative Councillors in Medan have urged local administrations to step up efforts in blood donor program.
Irman Gusman, a member of the Regional Representative Council (DPD), said Indonesia faced a 35 percent shortfall in meeting the nation's demand for blood.
"Local administrations need to encourage donor programs because of the need for blood. Indonesia needs 4.5 million units of blood everyday, and supply has never met demand," he said while attending a blood drive in Medan on Saturday.
Over one thousand donors gave blood during the one-day program, which was jointly organized by the North Sumatra administration and the Indonesia Red Cross.
Other participating institutions included the Indonesia Ulema Council (MUI), Kopri (the civil servants organization), the Interfaith Forum's North Sumatra office, the Indonesian Journalists Association (PWI), the Council of Budhist Communities (Walubi) and several hospitals. - JP