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Cyprus blood banks are dangerously low, says health official

Cyprus’ blood banks are battling supply shortages, according to the head of the blood bank laboratory.

Androulla Panagiotou told CNA that blood supplies are running low and appealed to the public to donate blood at donation stations throughout the island and take part in organised blood donation events.

She told CNA that the center is facing shortages due to the high number of COVID-19 or flu patients, which has put many thousands of donors in temporary ban from donating blood, resulting in a noticeable decrease in the flow of donors.

Additionally, the need for blood is greatly increased, making the effort to find blood a daily challenge.

Unfortunately, she said, the situation is not good and it appears that the various infections have affected the attendance rate and the attendance at blood donation events is very low. It is a bad situation, she added.

Asked about current blood supplies, she said the two-day blood supply, which is typically around 600 units is non-existent. The center needs 300 units of blood every day. Currently, the blood center does not even have 600 units in its storage. On a daily basis, around 250 donors visit the center, while on weekends the number can reach between 400 to 500 units of blood collected. However, this percentage is considered “extremely low”, she added.

Efforts to collect blood are daily and continuous, Panagiotou said, noting the centre is contacting volunteers daily but with most being sick, it is a struggle to find blood.

“No change” in UK Government’s support for a bizonal, bicommunal federation in Cyprus

The UK Government continues to support a settlement to the long-standing Cyprus issue that is based on the model of a bizonal, bicommunal federation, a Downing Street spokeswoman has reiterated.

She was asked about the British position on the issue, …

Premier League clubs spend $1 bln for first time in January transfer window

Premier League soccer clubs spent a record 815 million pounds ($1.00 billion) in the January transfer window, an analysis from Deloitte’s Sports Business Group said on Wednesday.

The biggest spenders were Chelsea, responsible for 37% of the total – equivalent …

Mass walkouts across the country shut schools, halted most rail services

Up to half a million British teachers, civil servants, train drivers and university lecturers walked out over pay and conditions on Wednesday in the largest coordinated strike action in Britain in a generation, causing widespread disruption.

The mass walkouts across …

Malliotakis Honoured with Kyrenia Award for Dedication to Fighting for Cyprus

Congresswoman Nicole Malliotakis pictured with Federation of Cypriot American Organizations President Kyriacos Papastylianou, PSEKA and Pancyprian Association of America President Philip Christopher, Pancyprian Association of Florida President Varnavas Zagaris, and board members of the PanHellenic Federation of Florida. (Photo: Courtesy …

Appeal to trace missing Streatham woman last seen at Victoria tube station

Police are appealing for the public’s help to trace a woman who is missing from Streatham.

Erherhe Iwheta, known as ‘Rae Rae’, left home in Streatham at around 16:45hrs on Wednesday, 25 January.

Officers have established that Rae Rae boarded …

UK PM Sunak fires party chairman Zahawi over tax affairs

British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak fired the Conservative Party chair Nadhim Zahawi from government on Sunday after an investigation into his tax affairs found a serious breach of the ministerial code.

Sunak had ordered independent adviser to investigate questions over …

East End girl could become first female Cypriot MP in the UK

Suzy Stride, an active member of the Cypriot community, is running to become the first ever Cypriot Women to sit in Parliament.

Stride has been a Labour activist since she was a teenager and ascribes her passion for politics to …

Man guilty of Southgate murder

A man has been convicted of the murder of his father following a trial at the Old Bailey.

Deekan Paul Singh Vig, 54, (14/10/68) of Chelmsford Road, Southgate was found guilty of murder on Friday, 27 January.

The victim, 86-year-old …

Church fire in St Johns Wood

Twelve fire engines and around 80 firefighters tackled a church fire on Hamilton Terrace in St John’s Wood. 

The whole of the two-storey building was destroyed by fire. There were no reports of any injuries.

The fire was producing a …