MDA: Terror attack intensifies blood shortage

August 18, 2011 15:46

The supply of blood was low even before the terror attack near Eilat, according to Magen David Adom, which called on the public to donate. MDA said on Thursday that the "sharp decline" in the supply of blood was due to the fact that every year, in the second half of August, large numbers of Israelis are on vacation either here or abroad and do not donate blood.

Collecting blood at MDA stations around the country is very difficult because people are on holiday and not in the mood to think about donating, said MDA, but they can do so at any MDA facility. The blood-donation and first-aid organization said it aims at collecting 1,200 pints a day.

As a result of the inadequate donation, there have been difficulties supplying blood to the hospitals, said MDA, and elective operations may be postponed as a result. The shortage is in all types of blood, especially O (universal donor) and RH-. Every donor is entitled to free blood insurance for a year for himself and his immediate family.

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