World Blood Donor Day in Tatarstan —

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“Over 215 liters of blood were donated today”

The blood bank was replenished with more than 215 liters on World Blood Donor Day in Tatarstan. 479 people visited the blood donation sites. Yelena Tukhvatullina, a doctor of the Organizational and Methodological Department of the Republic Blood Center of the Ministry of Health of Tatarstan, told Realnoe Vremya about this.

According to her, 127 people who replenished the blood bank with 57 liters of blood became donors in Kazan alone.

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“There is always a stock of blood components. Health institutions take them if there are patients who need a blood transfusion. And these stocks must be replenished. Such donor campaigns are organized for such situations,” Tukhvatullina explained.

The doctor noted the high activity of donors in the republic, which allows to keep the necessary stock of components of all blood groups. The republic is therefore ready for emergencies. During a conversation with the newspaper, Tukhvatullina recalled a tragedy at school No. 175, the blood center simply could not accommodate everyone who wanted to become a donor despite the fairly large and spacious room.

“The United donor base is over 600,000 people”

Tukhvatullina said that Tatarstan’s united donor base numbered more than 600,000 people. Everyone who has donated blood even once is on the list. However, just 32,000 people are active donors, or 5.3% of the total number.

However, this does not prevent them from having the necessary stock – there is no blood deficit in the republic. The newspaper’s interlocutor said that certain blood groups are urgently needed as many people in need of transfusion are admitted to health facilities. Then it is necessary to replenish stocks so that each patient can receive the necessary help.

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“A lot of group A or B patients are sometimes admitted. Although these groups are quite common, these components may be urgently needed in case many people need them. It all depends on the orders we receive from healthcare organizations,” Tukhvatullina said.

Given the number of orders for certain blood groups, there is a sort of donor traffic light. This is a simple and illustrative definition of how urgently the blood bank needs a certain type to be replenished.

Artyom Gafarov


Rose D. Jones