By Constantinos Psillides
CYPRUS tops the blood donors list among EU countries with a seven per cent of the population registered as donors and is one of 62 countries worldwide that covers its needs in blood solely through blood drives, said Health Minister Philippos Patsalis on Monday.
In a press conference marking the World Blood Donor day, Patsalis said that he feels proud for Cyprus and that when it comes to blood donation, “Cyprus is an example of social sensitivity.”
“Blood donation has been steadily increasing, with a 20 per cent increase over the last five years. Worthy of note is the fact that over 60 per cent of high school seniors are donors. This is especially important if we consider the fact the average age of donors in the EU is increasing,” said Patsalis.
“Blood is not bought, made or can be substituted. It only comes from donors who respond to our call everyday and more often than not push their own needs and obligations aside to help their fellow man. To all those people, on behalf of the state, I would like to express our sincere thanks, World Blood Donor day belongs to you as a small token of gratitude for helping to save many lives every year,” remarked Patsalis.
The health minister noted that over 62,000 blood units are donated each year and over 100,000 blood products are transfused.
An information campaign regarding blood donations will be running until June 21, while a blood drive was held at the presidential palace on Monday.