People with AB negative blood
type account for nearly one percent of Iran’s total population, which is the
rarest blood group in the country, said the spokesman of Iranian Blood
Transfusion Organization (IBTO).
“The blood of four percent of the
Iranian population is type O negative, three percent A negative, two percent B
negative and the remaining one percent AB negative,” Bashir Haji Beigi added.
People with AB-negative blood
type account for only o.6 percent of the world’s total population. Among
the four main blood groups — A, B, AB and O — group O positive is the
most common in the world.
Those with O negative are named
‘universal donors’ as their blood can be given to patients with different blood
Haji Beigi further said almost 1.6
million Iranians have donated blood across the country since March 2017 and more
than 2.7 million blood and blood products were sent to the hospitals during
past 9 months.