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Donor age limit

Nasik Swami
Wednesday, January 29, 2014

IF you are over 65 years of age, you cannot give blood.

Confirming this in an interview yesterday, National Blood Bank co-ordinator Josefa Bolaqace said the age restriction was put in place to ensure senior citizens do not face health complications after giving blood.

"Our eligibility age is from 16 to 65 years old. Anyone beyond 65 cannot donate blood," Mr Bolaqace said.

He said the blood bank had to be mindful of the health of donors as they grew old.

"It could have adverse effects on the senior citizen donating blood."

Mr Bolaqace said while the situation at the blood bank was satisfactory, more blood was needed because of the high demand for blood.

"Blood bank situation is satisfactory around various hospitals but we still plead for members of the community to come forward and donate blood.

"It is a voluntary work; people can just come and donate. Blood is used every day and we need to replenish it."

He said the blood bank needed 50 units of blood daily.

"Fifty people need to come and donate blood. Sometimes we just get only 10."