Who can donate ?
Some basic health conditions have to be met by donors. A donor should:
- Be above 18 years and below 60 years of age.
- Have a haemoglobin count that is not less than 12.5 g/dl
- Weigh not less than 45 kgs.
- Have normal body temperature at the time of donation.
- Have normal blood pressure at the time of donation.
- Should be free of any disease at the time of donation.
- The donor should not have taken any medicine in the last 48 hours.
- The donor should not have contacted jaundice in the previous three years.
Who should not donate blood ?
The following categories of people should avoid donating blood:
- Pregnant or lactating women, or those who have recently had an abortion.
- Persons who are on steroids, hormonal supplements or certain specified medication.
- Persons with multiple sexual partners or those who are addicted to drugs.
- Persons who have had an attack of infection like jaundice, rubella, typhoid or malaria.
- Persons who have undergone surgery in the previous six months.
- Persons who have consumed alcohol in the 48 hours prior to donation.
- Women should avoid donation during their menstruating period.
- Persons with any systemic disease like heart disease, kidney disease, liver problems, blood disorders or asthma should NOT donate blood.
- Persons suffering from infections transmitted through transfusions like HIV, Hepatitis, Syphilis etc should not donate blood.
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