Blood donations have increased by nearly 20 per cent in the past five years, the blood centre of the health ministry announced on Thursday.
Cyprus ranks first in the EU when it comes to the proportion of blood donors with 9 per cent of the population donating blood said the announcement issued on the occasion of World Blood Donor Day marked annually on June 14.
Cyprus is one of 62 countries worldwide which fully meets its own blood requirements by voluntary, unpaid blood donations.
“The altruism and social sensitivity that characterises Cypriots is evidenced by the 70,000 units of blood and the 140,000 blood derivatives transfused each year and by the continuous increase in blood donation over the past five years, which is close to 20 per cent,” the announcement said.
The blood centre thanked all volunteers but urged more people especially the young to join the group of regular donors.
In line with this year’s motto ‘Safe blood for all’ the health ministry has already started the centralisation of its services and is in the process of creating a single blood centre. The molecular blood test methods is already being used to ensure maximum safety.
To mark World Blood Donor Day, the NGO Reaction and the Bank of Cyprus are organising a large volunteer donation at the presidential palace on Friday from 10.30am until 2.30pm.
A major event to honour blood donors will be held at a later stage.