Blood banks run­ning low

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Pa­tients who de­pend on fre­quent blood trans­fu­sions are get­ting re­stricted doses be­cause of short­ages at Greece’s blood banks, the As­so­ci­a­tion of Coo­ley’s Ane­mia Suf­fer­ers has warned.

The group said that the Aghia Sofia Chil­dren’s Hos­pi­tal, which has the big­gest ward in the coun­try for this form of ane­mia, posted an an­nounce­ment on Fri­day say­ing that as of yes­ter­day it could only en­sure one unit of blood per trans­fu­sion ses­sion for its 700 pa­tients in­stead of the two or three they usu­ally re­ceive.

The as­so­ci­a­tion laid the blame with the state for fail­ing to en­sure suf­fi­cient stock at all trans­fu­sion units, while adding that bad weather and the flu sea­son have ham­pered ef­forts to step up blood do­na­tion drives.

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