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Emergency meeting over low blood donations (Updated)

The National Thalassaemia Association has called an emergency meeting for Thursday afternoon, following Wednesday’s announcement of “dangerously low blood donation levels”.

The meeting is scheduled to take place at 3pm.

The health ministry’s blood donor centre on Wednesday called on donors to engage.

“Due to the ongoing environment of tension and unease, surrounding the coronavirus cases, there has been a great reduction island-wide of blood donations,” the blood centre said.

Cyprus traditionally has very high levels of blood donations.

The thalassaemia association said that the meeting was being called in an attempt to find possible solutions to increase voluntary donations.

European and international organisations’ recommendations will be followed as to what measures must be taken in a time of crisis.

“Procedures used by the blood centre are strictly controlled and are completely safe for donors and patients,” said the Blood Centre deputy head Socrates Menelaou.

“Blood donation cannot be disrupted due to the ongoing situation,” he said. “We have done everything to ensure conditions are secure, easy and without crowding.”

In Nicosia, the blood donation centre is in Engomi and will be open from 7:30am-8:00pm on Thursday and Friday. On Saturday it will be open from 8:00am-2:00pm.

In Limassol, the blood donation centre is in the hall of Agiou George Havouzas church and will be open from 7:30am-8:00pm on Thursday and Friday. On Saturday it will be open from 8:00am-2:00pm.

 

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