Roscommon is country’s worst for blood donations

Roscommon has the lowest rate of blood donations in the country, according to the latest report from the Irish Blood Transfusion Board.

The 2016 figures show that the level of donations in Roscommon was 23.65 donors per thousand of the population, while Longford’s rate, at just under 28 per thousand people, is the fourth lowest in the country.

Leitrim fares slightly better, at 34 donations per thousand people in the county.

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The people of Cavan continues to be the biggest blood donors in the country with 60 per thousand people, which is again significantly ahead of every other county in Ireland.

Nationally the IBTS received almost 129,000 donations in 2016, a fall of 3 per cent.

Blood supply levels dropped below the 5 to 7 days target on a number of occasions in 2016 but levels stabilised toward the end of the year.