Cyprus Mail

Call for blood donations to cover holiday period

Blood bank stocks must remain high for the holiday season between August 10 and 20, deputy head of the blood centre Socrates Menelaou said on Wednesday, as he issued a call for donors in all regions.

“At this moment, we are not at dangerous levels but an extraordinary event that can exhaust large reserves can reverse the balance as well as some consecutive days with a low blood donor flow,” Menelaou said, adding that “to date, stocks are at a fairly good level”.

So far, there have been no particular issues regarding transfusions for thalassaemics or others in need of transfusions, nor with any surgery or emergency.

“But there is a tendency towards lower stocks as August 15 approaches. We do not have too many organised blood donations. There are some, but they are not enough on their own,” he said.

He pointed out that demand for donated blood do not drop in August as there are people who always need blood and surgeries are still carried out.

Though blood donations are organised in mountain resorts and military camps these must be supplemented with donations in permanent venues.

Permanent blood banks will close only on August 15.

In Nicosia, donations can be made in the Engomi health centre from 7.30am until 8pm. For donations the centre is also open on Saturdays from 8am until 2pm.

Elsewhere blood can be donated at the blood banks of general hospitals from 7.30am until 2pm.

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