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Who Can & Cannot Donate?

Our Blood Bank has twin objectives: to ensure adequate stocks of blood from voluntary donation and to make sure the blood we collect is absolutely safe.

Hence we thoroughly screen every unit of blood for Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C, HIV, Syphilis and Malaria. We also put every potential donor through a preliminary screening test. To assist us, it is important to honestly answer our questionnaire and our doctor’s queries.

Who can donate blood?
If you want to donate blood, you should…

  1. Be between 18 and 60 years of age
  2. Weigh a minimum 45 kg
  3. Have normal blood pressure, pulse and body temperature
  4. Haemoglobin more than 12.5g/dl
  5. Be in general good health and feeling well

Who cannot donate blood?
Do not donate blood if you have any of the following conditions…

  1. Flu or fever in the last one week
  2. Have donated blood in last 12 weeks
  3. Have consumed alcohol in the last 12 hours
  4. Cardiac problems, hypertension, epilepsy, diabetes (on insulin therapy) history of cancer, chronic kidney or liver disease, bleeding tendencies, venereal diseases
  5. Contracted any communicable diseases in the recent past
  6. Major surgery in the last 6 months
  7. Vaccination in the last 24 hours
  8. Had a miscarriage in the last 6 months or have been pregnant / lactating in the last one year
  9. Has received blood or blood products during the last one year
  10. Shared a needle to inject drugs or have a history of drug addiction
  11. Had sexual relations with different partners or with a high-risk individual
  12. Tested positive for HIV, Hepatitis B or Hepatitis C