Blood supply is sufficient: foundation
The Taiwan Blood Services Foundation urged the public Monday to hold off on donating blood for the moment as an out pouring of good will toward hundreds of victims of a water park explosion resulted in a surplus of donated blood.
Foundation official Li Lei asked people to delay donating blood by one to two weeks because there was excess inventory as of noon Monday, worried that any more donated blood might be wasted because packed red blood cells have a shelf life of only one month.
In Northern Taiwan, where most of the more than 500 people injured in the fiery blasts have been treated, there was 45 days of inventory that was further expanded by a surge in volunteer donors, Li said.
Hundreds were hurt when colored cornstarch powder suddenly burst into flames during a “Color My Party” event at Formosa Fun Coast Water Park in New Taipei on Saturday night, trapping people standing in front of a concert stage.
One of the hundreds injured has since died from severe burns and more than 200 others who suffered burns during the blast were still being treated in intensive care wards at multiple hospitals as of Monday afternoon.
Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je, a former physician, also called on the public to donate blood in phases to avoid adding to an already sufficient blood inventory and ensure a stable supply of blood in the future.
In a Facebook post, Ko said he was quite moved when he saw a long line in front of City Hall waiting to give blood. “This is the most beautiful face of Taiwan’s people. I thank you for your good will.”