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San Juan de Dios Hospital needs blood donors

Authorities from the blood bank at San Juan de Dios Hospital in San José this Wednesday asked for blood donors to supply the medical center’s reserves.

Doctors said the bank is in need of all blood types, especially O-positive.

Anyone interested in helping the blood bank can go from Monday to Thursday from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m., and Fridays, 7 a.m. to noon.

Donors must be between 18 and 65, weigh more than 50 kilograms and be in good health. Doctors say fasting is unnecessary, and a light breakfast is recommended.

Doctors also made these recommendations:

-A donor needs to prove he or she is a resident of Costa Rica (expats can donate too as long as they have an ID proving their residency).

-Having a cold, taking certain medications or being pregnant will prevent an eligible donor from being able to donate temporarily. People with tattoos done in the previous 12 months will not be able to donate.

-People also cannot donate if they have ever injected drugs, are HIV-positive or have AIDS or hepatitis.

For more information,call 2547-8429.

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