The life of the flesh is in the blood and sometimes the unavailability of blood for transfusion when it matters most have resulted in death of individuals.

Nigeria’s blood bank is in the red when it comes to availability of this life saving pints of blood. 

This is why doctors are making demand for more voluntary donors to come to hospitals to donate blood.

There are different centres where blood donations take place across Nigeria, but not very many persons have visited these centres.

Lack of awareness has been blamed for the poor response to this call by the World Health Organisation for people to donate blood voluntarily.

There are a few things that an individual willing to donate blood should know, as listed by the Director of Blood Transfusion Service in Lagos State, Dr. Modupe Olaiya.

1.       Age

The age of the donor is one thing that must first be considered before blood donation is allowed.

Dr. Olaiya says the individual must be between 18 and 65 years old.

age of blood donor

Donating blood at 65, however, requires a confirmation that it is not the individual’s first time.

At that age the individual "must have donated blood before, as this will help prevent reaction".

2.       Weight

The weight of the donor is another thing that must be ascertained to ensure that there will not be complications or reactions after donation.  

Things to know about blood donation

Anyone willing to donate blood must be at least 50kg and must be feeling health, the Doctor told Bounce News.

3.       Blood Pressure

The blood pressure of a donor is also checked before the donor is certified fit to donate.

Things to know about blood donation

A normal range that is usually allowed is 120/75. When a donor’s blood pressure is high or low, the individual is not fit for such blood donation.

4.       Blood Haemoglobin

Haemoglobin level of any willing donor must be up to 12.5 for you to be able to donate.

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This haemoglobin is a red protein responsible for transporting oxygen in the blood of vertebrates. Its molecule comprises four sub-units, each containing an iron atom bound to a haem group.

Every donor must go though this test.

5.       Pregnancy Status

Pregnant women are not allowed to donate blood and Dr. Olaiya also added that women who are menstruating are advised not to donate due to the fact that they were already losing blood.

They are allowed to replenish the blood before they can donate.

6.       Frequency of Donation

Blood donation could be done once in every three months and the doctor highlighted that only a pint of blood should be taken from an individual per time.

7.       Absence of Diseases

Every donor who is already feeling sick is not advised to donate blood.

During extermination, before blood donation takes places, the individual is tested for HIV, Hepatitis and syphilis, among other diseases. The tests are also repeated after the blood has been taken.

8.       Enormous Health Benefit

There is always a reward that comes from giving, for it is more blessed to give than to receive and this right here is one way to know.

You give a pint of blood and this happens.

Heart health is improved, production of new blood cells take place, calories are burnt, risk of cancer is reduced, free health screening is done, live is saved and this brings joy to so many people.

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Dr. Olaiya further advised Nigerians to imbibe the habit of donating blood when convenient.

“People should not wait until it is blood donor day for them to go and donate blood.

“Everyone that is fit to donate can donate four times in a year – once in every three months – and this will reduce the deficit in Nigeria’s blood bank,” she added.  

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