» 09/30/2014, 00.00
Need a driver's license, donate a pint of blood to the state
In the city of Baoji, new regulations impose a "voluntary donation" of blood for municipal services. Soldiers and university students are urged to donate at least once a year. People react online. For one netizen, "donations should be voluntary". Others tell the authorities to remember country's health scandals.
Beijing (AsiaNews) - New
regulations in a city in Shaanxi Province, due to come into effect next week,
"urge" first-year college students and serving soldiers to donate
blood at least once a year to the state.
want a driver's licence, a school graduation certificate, first job or marriage
licences in Baoji registry offices "should all give a voluntary donation
as a contribution to society".
published on Baoji's official account on platform Weibo (China's foremost microblogging) are enough to cause outrage
among thousands of social media users, who have little doubt that the drive
will put citizens under strong moral pressure to comply.
Jiulan's reaction is typical, saying that "donations should be voluntary,
and tying it to behaviour or morality is unethical".
Mumu, the city should "give more consideration to how convenient it is to
donate blood, and where the blood is used" than to thinking up new rules.
The reference here is to the many health scandals that have hit China in the past two decades.
In the 1990s, several public dispensaries in Henan Province (then
ruled by current Prime Minister Li
Keqiang) began buying and selling blood,
taking advantage of many poor farmers.
of hygiene during transfusions led
to the spread of the HIV/AIDS virus in many parts of the country.
Eventually, Li tried every form of
censorship and repression to
prevent the truth from coming out, NGOs
The city of Baoji is not alone in
undertaking this kind of campaign. However, Pujiang
County in Zheijang Province has taken a different approach
According to the Qianjiang Evening News, instead of "urging"
people to donate, it is offering incentives, namely bonus points in high-school
entrance exams for the children of families who make generous blood donations.
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