‘Blood brokers’ rampant in Medan, says Indonesian Red Cross chief
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‘Blood brokers’ rampant in Medan, says Indonesian Red Cross chief

Medan, Indonesia.

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Chairman of the Indonesian Red Cross (PMI) Jusuf Kalla inaugurating the PMI Board of North Sumatra in Medan, Monday, July 18, 2011. Pic: Chalid Nasution

Indonesian Red Cross (PMI) Chairman Jusuf Kalla has said that there are many “blood brokers”  in Medan. The chairman made his statement during the inauguration of the PMI Board in North Sumatra in Medan on Monday.

According to Kalla, “blood brokers” are people who donate blood in exchange for monetary profit. This seems to be a rampant affair, spreading outside of the PMI.

“To eliminate these blood brokers, the PMI must deliver 4.5 million bags of blood each year. This is according to Indonesia’s population, which has reached a staggering 237 million. Replacement donors, such as donor families, should be donating a higher volume than volunteer donors,” said Kalla.

Young people can be spotted on the streets of Medan every day who are willing to sell their blood for money.