News Local Cyprus has the highest rate of blood donors in the world -...

Cyprus has the highest rate of blood donors in the world – Health Ministry

Cyprus has the highest rate of blood donors in the world in terms of population, a Health Ministry announcement said on Wednesday.

Around 9% of the country’s population are registered blood donors, placing Cyprus in the top spot in the world, the Ministry said in anticipation of the World Blood Donor Day on June 14.

Cyprus is one of the 62 countries worldwide which covers all of its blood needs with 100% voluntary donations. The number of blood donations, especially by young people, increased by 20% in the past five years, it added.

On occasion of the World Blood Donor Day, NGO Reaction, Bank of Cyprus and the Cyprus Blood Establishment are organising an open voluntary blood donation at the Presidential Palace on June 14 from 10:30 am to 2:30 pm.

An event to honour blood donors will follow at a later stage, the Ministry said.

According to the World Health Organisation, statistics in the last decade show that about 250 million people a year are affected by emergency situations and need blood transfusions.

More than 70,000 blood units are needed per year in Cyprus, which corresponds to approximately 300 blood donors a day.

Top Stories

Access to Troodos controlled by Police

The Police announced that on the basis of the Health Ministry decrees aiming to contain the outbreak of the pandemic, tomorrow Sunday, access to...

129 new cases, four deaths announced on Saturday

The Health Ministry announced the death of four persons due to COVID-19. This raises the death toll from the virus in Cyprus to 183,...

Crowding at Troodos; lots of fines by police

Lots of traffic was today seen at Troodos. In order to maintain order but also to monitor that people respected the measures aiming to...

Where to get antigen rapid tests on Sunday 24 January

The Health Ministry announced the following antigen rapid test sites for Sunday, 24 January 2021:   LIMASSOL Parking place Lidl supermarket, Limassol 08:30-16:30 Glafkos Clerides Park, Germasoyia 08:30-16:30 Municipal...

Larry King dies at 87

Larry King dies at 87. Photo taken at his concert at Hard Rock Live in Hollywood, Florida on January 25, 2012. (Reuters)

Taste

Squash soup

Ingredients: 1 kg pumpkin, cut into small cubes, approximately 5 cups 2 medium (400g) sweet potatoes, cut into cubes, approximately 2 ½ cups 1 chopped leek, only...

Mezedes

No visit to Cyprus is complete without enjoying the traditional meal of many small dishes known as ‘meze’. This large feast, which has been a...

Prawns with fried cheese, barley shaped pasta

Put the barley shaped pasta into a small pan with salted water, bring to a boil and when tender, drain. Peal the prawns leaving...

Salmon and shrimp sheftalies

Mix all ingredients for tabbouli in a bowl and keep to one side so flavours can combine. Prepare the sheftalies: wash and soak the casing...