THE Blood Transfusion Area Centre of Almeria has collected a record total of 10,935 donations between 1 January and 30 June this year according to data released by the Junta de Andalucia.
9,682 donations have been blood and 1,251 of plasma. While blood donations remain stable, plasma donors have experienced remarkable growth over the same period of 2016, with a 71 percent increase.
During the first half of this year, 8,971 donors responded (209 more than in the same period of 2016), of which 5,714 were men and 3,335 were women. More than 1,285 people have donated for the first time during the first half of the year, and the new donors have grown by 203 people compared to the first half of 2016, which is 18 percent more.
The director of the Transfusion Centre in Almeria, Aref Laarej, explains that “the increase of donors and donations is mainly due to the spectacular growth of plasma donations, an area in which we have been making an intense effort; As well as the incorporation of more and more women.”
The centre also thanked the solidarity of citizens in Almeria.
Crucially, it’s asked that people continue with their commitment, particularly in summer when residents are usually away on holiday and donations tend to dwindle.