What you need to know when donating blood and its health benefits

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A story was shared by a certain Sharmila Navarro who realized the value of blood donation to an ailing loved one by regularly donating.

“I started almost two years ago, Jan. 28, 2017, because I saw the need for it when my cousin had undergone chemotherapy. Also, I have friends who are regular donors,” Navarro told Philippine News Agency (PNA) in an interview. 

Navarro said that she is now used to giving blood and its process.

“Masakit lang iyong unang tusok sa akin, pero pagkatapos, okay na, sakin ang pinaka-challenge (What is painful was the first time I donated blood. To me the main challenge) is the weight gain because I’m usually between 49 kg. and 51 kg.,” she said.

According to a registered technologist, Theresa Rance, people who want to donate blood must weigh at least 50kg.

“We screen applicants. They should be at least 18 to 60 years old, with normal blood pressure, with pulse rate of 60-100 bpm, regular rhythm, body temperature is below 37.5°C, and not pregnant for female donors,” she said

Rance also told PNA that donors must six to eight hours of sleep before the blood donation proper, with no alcohol and medicine intake for the past 24 hours.

“Donors are also checked if they have hypertension, kidney, lung illnesses, and if they have permanent tattoos or they had tattoo within 24 hours,” Rance said

She also urged people to donate blood regularly as it is medically proven to provide health benefits.

“Besides helping many people who need blood, you will get free medical checkup for your blood pressure, hemoglobin levels, pulse, body temperature. Also, free screening of blood for Hepatitis B, HIV, Hepatitis C, and Malaria, and it lowers risks of heart disease because it reduces blood's viscosity,” she said.

 Source: PNA

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