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Over 200 Nizhny Novgorod residents donate blood within Saturday of Donors action

August 03, 2013, 19:01 UTC+3

At least 56,000 people donate blood in the region annually

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NIZHNY NOVGOROD, August 3 (Itar-Tass) - Over 200 residents of Nizhny Novgorod have donated blood within the Saturday of Donors action, the regional blood donation centre reported.

The Saturday of Donors action was held in three cities of the Nizhny Novgorod region - Arzamas, Dzerzhinsk and Nizhny Novgorod, the report says.

Head of the donor division Galina Bodunova said, “This is a good result for the summer weekend. The main thing is that it will help save people’s lives.”

People of different ages visited blood donation centres, she said.

“There are those who came for the first time. But mostly there were active donors. Many people came again in six months because the blood is quarantined for this period in case of an infection or any virus. After the blood donation a donor undergoes medical treatment. If the condition is good, the blood is safe for ill people,” Bodunova said.

Blood donors are in high demand and it increases permanently, she said. “Over 200 medical institutions need donor blood every day. All emergency applications are being implemented because there are blood stocks for emergency cases. But planned surgeries can be postponed because of the blood deficiency,” she said.

At least 56,000 people donate blood in the region annually.

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