Assosa – The Beneshangul Gumuz branch with Ethiopian Red Cross Society (ERCS) said the construction of a blood bank launched in Assosa town at a cost of 2.2 million Birr is nearing completion.
Speaking at an event held in connection with World Blood Donor Day in the town on Sunday, branch secretary Abebe Getaneh said the construction of the bank, which is the first of its kind in the State, would enable the society to further strengthen its humanitarian activities in the State.
He said the blood bank would go operational by the end of this month.
More than 150 volunteers, members of anti-AIDS clubs and various segments of the society attended the event.
This year’s World Blood Donor Day is being marked under the theme “Achieving 100 percent non-remunerated donation of blood and blood components.
Established by the World Health Assembly, this day marks the birthday of Karl Landsteiner, the Nobel laureate who discovered the ABO blood group system.
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