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      Kanyinsola ArojojoyeKanyinsola Arojojoye

      <p style=”text-align: left;”>Your body size doesn’t count!</p>
      <p style=”text-align: left;”>When I was young, I usually thought people with larger body size had lot of blood in their body and those one with smaller body size had lesser blood, meaning they could not donate.</p>
      <p style=”text-align: left;”>But I was very wrong, body size doesn’t tell the amount of blood each individual has.</p>
      <p style=”text-align: left;”>Amount of blood is measured through what is called “Packed Cell Volume” (PCV) in any medical laboratory.</p>
      <p style=”text-align: left;”>Generally, a normal range is considered to be: For men, 40% to 54% & For women, 35% to 47%</p>
      <p style=”text-align: left;”>So, why shouldn’t you donate if your PCV is above the normal range? 🤔</p>
      <p style=”text-align: left;”>Blood donation is one of the highest forms of volunteering and 1 single pint of blood donated can save up to 4 lives when divided into its component parts. Also, each blood cell has it’s lifespan i.e the specific time they stay active in the body before becoming inactive.</p>
      <p style=”text-align: left;”>N.B: Before blood can be received from donors, it must undergo series of tests, which include:</p>
      <p style=”text-align: left;”>• Blood group and rhesus factor</p>
      <p style=”text-align: left;”>• Hepatitis B – HBsAg</p>
      <p style=”text-align: left;”>• Human immunodeficiency virus – anti-HIV 1 and 2 and HIV NAT (nucleic acid testing)</p>
      <p style=”text-align: left;”>• Hepatitis C – anti-HCV and HCV NAT</p>
      <p style=”text-align: left;”>• Human T-cell lymphotropic virus – anti-HTLV I and II</p>
      <p style=”text-align: left;”>• Syphilis – syphilis antibodies.</p>
      <p style=”text-align: left;”>After donating, you sit in an observation area, where you rest and eat a light snack. After 15 minutes, you can leave.</p>
      <p style=”text-align: left;”>Things to note after your blood donation:</p>
      <p style=”text-align: left;”>• Drink extra fluids</p>
      <p style=”text-align: left;”>• Avoid strenuous physical activity or heavy lifting for about five hours.</p>
      <p style=”text-align: left;”>• If you feel lightheaded, lie down with your feet up until the feeling passes.</p>
      <p style=”text-align: left;”>• Keep your bandage on and dry for the next five hours.</p>
      <p style=”text-align: left;”>• If you have bleeding after removing the bandage, put pressure on the site and raise your arm until the bleeding stops</p>
      <p style=”text-align: left;”>• If bruising occurs, apply a cold pack to the area periodically during the first 24 hours.</p>
      <p style=”text-align: left;”>• Consider adding iron-rich foods to your diet to replace the iron lost with blood donation.</p>
      <p style=”text-align: left;”>DONATE TODAY AND SAVE A LIFE TOMORROW!</p>
      <p style=”text-align: left;”>✍ Arojojoye Kanyinsola</p>

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