In order to increase blood reserves and avoid shortages during the country’s health alert, the National Blood Bank will remain open on Saturdays and Sundays to receive voluntary donors at its facilities located in Zapote.
According to Dr. Carlos Andrés Villegas, director of that institutional unit, the implementation of this temporary measure arises from the need to supply the blood reserves of all types that have been scarce in recent days, as a result of the cancellation of days of donations programmed by some companies, the temporary suspension of visits to communities and the significant reduction of people who come to donate to the blood banks of various hospitals.
In order to carry out the blood collection during extended hours, the Blood Bank will keep its doors open, starting this weekend, at 8:00 a.m. at 5:00 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays from 9:00 a.m. at 5:00 p.m.
He also recalled that those who wish can join this act of solidarity and make their voluntary donation during the attention that the Blood Bank maintains on regular hours from Monday to Thursday from 7:00 a.m. at 3:30 p.m., Friday from 7:00 a.m. at 3:00 p.m. and Saturdays from 8:00 a.m. at noon, in its facilities located on the south side of the Zapote Catholic Church.
Dr. Villegas assured that the strategy will be maintained, as long as the national preventive situation for COVID-19 remains, and emphasized that during the act of blood donation, safety for the donor and the recipient always prevails, thanks to the implementation of strict practices of control and surveillance.
People interested in taking part in this act of generosity must be in good health and take into account the following requirements:
Have the desire to help other people on a voluntary basis. If you have had a cold or symptoms such as fever, cough, sneeze, or general malaise, you should wait to donate until after 14 days of recovery.
Present national identity card or residence.
Age: 18-65 years.
Weight: More than 50 kilos.
Height: More than 1.50 meters
Eat a light breakfast: fruits, cookies, bread, jams or jellies, coffee or tea without milk.
Do not consume fat or dairy.
In case of eating something heavy, you must wait two to three hours after the meal to be able to donate.
One should not fast.