Have you ever donated blood? If no, you might want to rethink your stance! Many people have reasons for not doing so, but in the larger scheme of things, you could save a life by such a heroic act. You may not know that one donation can save up to three lives! That’s how heroic you can be.

However, before you donate blood, you need to reach the minimum age and body weight. Blood donors must be between the ages of 18-60 and have a weight of 110 pounds (50kg) or above. If you donate blood, you have to wait for at least three months to be eligible for the next blood donation.

Blood donated is stored in a blood bank for a maximum of 35 days, after which it must be discarded. This is why it is imperative for as many Nigerians to volunteer to donate blood. There are many people in need of blood transfusion, e.g. car accident victims and cancer cases.

Sadly, not everyone over the minimum age and body weight requirement is eligible for blood donation. Some lifestyle choices like unsafe sex, use of steroids, bleeding disorders, and getting a tattoo less than 6 months old disqualify you from donating blood. Also, if you’ve had a rabies shot/vaccination in less than a year or you handle monkeys, you are ineligible to donate blood. This is to prevent diseases from being transmitted to the recipient via transfusion.

Afterward, a large needle is inserted into the donor’s arm to draw out blood. To prevent bruising, a few precautions need to be taken. It’s a simple process and you can save a stranger’s life with your blood, not just those of your family.

Walk into a blood bank near you and save a life today! And with our new app MedInfo,  available on Google Play Store it just got easier!

We all are part of the Human family and as they say, blood is thicker than water!


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