Who Can/Cannot Donate?
Normally there is a common thinking that anyone can donate blood except children but medicos have developed some guidelines and thus explained some guidelines and criteria for donation of blood.
A person of any sex from the age from seventeen to sixty can donate blood.
Blood donors should be of more than 45 kg.
The amount of hemoglobin in the blood should be more than 12 gm.
People who donate blood should be in good health and should not suffer or have suffered from any serious illness . Heart, lungs, liver must be in good condition and any person with past or present illness like (Jaundice, malaria, typhoid, AIDS, hepatitis ) is contradicted. If the donor is using any drugs/medicines, s/he must consult the doctor before donating blood.
Period & Quantity
One can not donate blood more than four times a year and for females it is recommended to donate blood only two times a year. It is also recommended that one should not donate more than 400ml of blood at one time. After each withdrawal of blood, it takes 36 hours for the body to reconstitute the fluid volume and 21 days for the blood cell count to return to normal level.
Who cannot donate
Blood donation is prohibited for persons with following health problems. Tuberculosis, Sexually Transferable diseases, Diabetes, Asthma, High Blood pressure, Kidney problems, Heart diseases, Jaundice, Fever, AIDS.
Also if the person is taking medicine for long time or addicted to any drugs, s/he is prohibited for donating blood. Incase of females, one can not donate during her periods, pregnancy and also during breast feeding.