Voluntary blood donors age with active bone marrow, says haematologist

The Head of Haematology Department, Abubakar Tafawa Balewa Teaching Hospital, Bauchi, Dr. Rufai Dachi, has said that voluntary blood donors attain their old age with active bone marrow.

Dachi who stated this on Tuesday in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Bauchi noted that blood donation has benefits on the lifestyle of human beings.

According to Dachi, blood donors live free of infectious diseases such as hepatitis and HIV, adding that they also derive psychological satisfaction from donating blood.

He noted that there are four types of blood donations namely; voluntary, non-voluntary, commercial, and family replacement.

The haematologist, however, stated that blood donation should be done four times in a year.

“Blood donation has health benefits one of which is that the donor attains old age with active bone marrow.

“Due to the screening process, a blood donor also knows his or her health status with regards to infectious diseases,” he said.

He mentioned that those eligible to donate blood are men and women aged from 18 years to 65 years with sufficient blood in their bodies.

The physician dispelled the false notion that only men were eligible for blood donation, noting that women can donate blood.

Dachi said that blood donation is a way of saving human life and called on the public to imbibe the habit of donating blood to save humanity. 


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