August 1, 2021

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Association of Mayors of Puerto Rico encourages donating blood and platelets

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SAN JUAN – The Association of Mayors, represented by the vice presidents, Luis Javier Hernández, from Villalba and Nelson Torres, from Guayanilla, together with the organization’s executive director, José A. Rivera, urged all citizens to separate in their agendas “a space for life ”, by donating blood and platelets, given the decrease in supplies in blood banks.

“We urge all citizens to orient themselves to the First Lady Offices of each municipality or the Family Services Office, to find out about the donation centers closest to each community and the optimal conditions to do so,” said the mayor of Villalba.

Recently, in the municipalities of San Germán and Vega Alta, blood collection campaigns were carried out among the population and other municipalities are preparing theirs.

Because of the particular need for cancer patients and accident victims, traditionally the Christmas season is the greatest need for blood and platelet donors for the holidays and vacations, they noted.

“We must not wait for the end of the year to make this gift of life. We know that the Covid-19 pandemic affects all aspects of health, but blood banks throughout the island are well prepared to serve the public, ”added Torres.

The basic recommendations for each donor is that they must be 18 years or older, have fed and hydrated well before donating, carry a photo ID, weigh more than 110 pounds and have at least 56 days passed since their last donation.

It is also important to note that people who have suffered from chikungunya or dengue fever must wait at least 28 days after having completely healed and 120 days after they have been infected with the Zika virus.

Similarly, people who have been under antibiotic treatment must wait at least 72 hours before donating, while diabetics and hypertensive people can donate freely, as long as they have their conditions under control.

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