Press Release

3,000 Blood Donations needed each week

Mary Hanafin TD, Minister of State has today (Sunday 4th November 2001) paid tribute to the generosity shown by blood donors.

Speaking at the Donor Awards Ceremony in the Burlington Hotel and presenting gold drop awards to persons who had donated 50 times, Minister Hanafin said, “in times of emergency, Irish people are very generous but each week in Ireland 3,000 donations of blood are required just to meet regular demand”.

“Every year, about 2% of the entire population needs a blood transfusion. 1,000 patients receive blood transfusions every week and the Irish Blood Transfusion Service relies upon voluntary, unpaid donations. Blood donors contribute unselfishly to patient care and help to save lives.” The Minister said.

The Minister thanked the staff of the IBTS in maintaining the quality of the blood transfusion service who must keep up to date with developments in the ever changing world of transfusion medicine.

The Minister also referred to the continued and valuable contribution of the voluntary donor organisers which the national donor collection programme relies heavily upon.

Minister Hanafin said, “the continued success in meeting hospital demands for blood will depend on the loyalty of donors. I encourage donors and their friends and families to continue to give blood in the coming years with the same unselfishness that they have displayed in the past.”