The Ministry of Health at a press conference today renewed the call for recovered patients of COVID-19 to donate blood.
Some studies have recently shown that using convalescent plasma for critically ill patients helps reduce the severity of symptoms, speed up recovery from the virus, and reduce the death rate.
Recovered men from the general population can also donate blood plasma and women who have never been pregnant before, provided that the donor’s weight is not less than 50 kilograms, and is between 18 and 60 years old.
The conditions that must be met are that the donor has been infected with the virus previously, that he has good health that qualifies him to donate blood, and that he is quarantined for a period of not less than two weeks, and that he does not suffer from any symptoms at the present time.
Those who wish to donate must go to the military hospital (blood bank) ground floor from Sunday to Wednesday 7:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., and on Thursday from 12:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. They can be contacted by calling or by WhatsApp on the number 17766279.
Ministry of Health officials stressed that donating blood does not in any way reduce the personal immunity against the virus.