Cyprus has among the highest number of volunteer blood donors in the world in terms of population, Volunteer Commissioner Yiannis Yiannakis said on Wednesday.
“It should be understood by everyone that a blood donation can be one of the most important gifts to our fellow humans and one of the most important acts of love and humanity,” he said on the occasion of International Blood Donor Volunteer Day on June 14.
He added that encouraging as many people as possible to become regular blood donors helps to address the social problem of a lack of blood.
“In our country, voluntary blood donation is an institution.”
In 2017, Cyprus was ranked first among EU countries for volunteer blood donations in proportion to its population. It is also one of only 62 countries worldwide which covers its blood needs with 100 per cent voluntary donation.
The number of regular volunteer blood donors in Cyprus exceeds 20,000.
More than 70,000 blood units are needed per year island wide, which corresponds to around 300 blood donors a day.