Blood donation decreased in Valledupar – El Pilón

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Donating blood contributes to saving lives, although in times of pandemic this practice has decreased, since isolation was taken as a preventive measure to avoid contagion; In addition to this, there are those who have myths or lies around this act.

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“The universities are closed; companies do not receive visits, so access to blood donation has decreasedo ”, assured Daira Martínez, coordinator of the Blood Bank of the Hemocentro and Aféresis Unit SA Due to the new normality, several measures have been taken, among which is home donation to prevent people from moving.

In the department of La Guajira, where there is no Blood Bank, it is where most of the donations have been made. However, “in Valledupar compared to last year it has decreased by 20 to 30%, which is significant because the number of patients has not decreased, but on the contrary, it has increased”Martinez added.


The most required blood type is O + because most of the population has this RH, therefore it is the one that is captured the most and the one that is consumed the most.

The most important benefit apart from saving lives (for each donation of 450 to 480 milliliters, the lives of 3 people can be preserved because the components are broken down into red blood cells, plasma and platelets), this mechanism stimulates the production of blood cells that allow the oxygenation of organs and tissues.

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Men can donate blood every three months and women every four months; platelets donation by apheresis method is once a month. You must be between 18 and 65 years of age, not have suffered from sexually transmitted diseases, among other recommendations, according to the guidelines of the National Institute of Health.


There are various myths surrounding this mechanism that influence the decline in donations; Among the most common are: “I’m going to get fat or lose weight ”,“ I can get a disease ”,“ They sell my blood ”and“ I get unbalanced after donating”; which according to experts is false because the blood is replaced quickly by increasing the fluid intake and the elements used are sterile and later opened in front of the donor.

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