Blood donating marathon aims high
The new flu outbreak affecting Catalonia is lowering the supplies of blood available for transfusions. It happens every winter and because of this, the Catalan Blood and Tissue Bank – run by the Catalan Health Department – is launching once again a donation marathon starting this Friday. The aim of the initiative is to attract at least 8,000 people to the Catalan hospitals in a week. Yet organizers hope that the figure is higher than last year, which was 11,662, as the flu outbreak has lowered the blood reserves by 15%.