Greek President: Blood donations vital during Covid-19 pandemic

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On the occasion of World Blood Donor Day, President of the Hellenic Republic Katerina Sakellaropoulou stated that amid the coronavirus pandemic, the importance of blood donation has been increased.

World Blood Donor Day takes place every year on 14 June. As well as thanking blood donors, it is a day to raise awareness about the global need for safe blood and how everyone can contribute.

"On the occasion of World Blood Donor Day, which we honour today, we have made a symbolic move with the participation of the Presidency staff in collaboration with the National Blood Donation Center (EKEA). More than fifty associates gave blood, responding to our appeal and emphasising with their example the vital importance of voluntary blood donation, especially during this period," Sakellaropoulou posted on social media.

She continued that "the coronavirus pandemic significantly affected the possibility of covering blood needs, both internationally as in our country. According to the EODY (Hellenic National Public Health Organisation) data, blood donation has decreased from 25% to 60% in our hospitals since the beginning of the pandemic, which is reasonable considering the great concern and fear caused by the transmissibility of the virus."

"Volunteering in Greece is not particularly widespread but blood donation is an area in which there has always been participation and offer... We hope that the voluntary spirit in our country will be strengthened...and some blood from our blood, can save lives," she concluded.