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Blood reserves 15% lower than normal due to pandemic

Cyprus blood level reserves are 15 per cent lower than normal levels since the pandemic started, due to cancellations, the head of the blood bank of the ministry of health Socrates Menelaou.

“At the moment, if there is no good ventilation in a space or if a space is too small, we cannot take the blood donation,” Menelaou said.

“So we have cancellations and postponements that are a result of the pandemic,” he added.

There are also communities that are afraid to carry out their standard blood donations.

Between March 1 to November 5, according to Menelaou, some 48,868 people donated blood, while for the same period last year, 50,464 people participated.

“The difference in numbers might not seem big, but it is significant based on the population proportion,” Meneaou said.

Blood units collected amounted to 42,042 this year for the corresponding time period, while 42,967 blood units were collected last year.

“Unfortunately, the pressure [for blood donations] will continue until the beginning of the upcoming year,” he said.

Blood donations continue at the churches of Apostolou Pavlou and Varnava in Paphos, Ayiou Georgiou in Limassol and Panayia in Liopetri, Famagusta, Menelaou said.

Donations are also carried out at the third floor of Larnaca general hospital while in Nicosia donations continue at Engomi health centre.

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