Expert urges youth to donate blood to reduce stress, heart diseases

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Mr Awe Adegoke, a  medical officer  from the Department of  Dermatology , Obafemi Awolowo University ( OAU) , Ile Ife, Osun state, has advised youths in particular and the general public to always donate blood to save lives.

Adegoke in a press statement issued on Sunday said that blood donation was voluntary.

The medical personnel added, “If you donate blood, you are giving life to someone in need of it. There is no substitute for human blood as scientists are yet to discover that.”

The statement said that he spoke at a programme tagged” Walk for Life” organised by the Catholic Youth Organization of Nigeria ( CYON) from Ile- Ife.

It was organised to sensitise the public on the dangers inherent in social vices such as committing suicide, abortion, drug abuse,and  premarital sex.

Adegoke said”Adults between the ages of 18 years and 65 years and anyone who weighs at least 50 kg and is in good health can give blood. The only exception to this are pregnant and breastfeeding mothers.”

He said by donating blood, the donor would be reducing stress, improving their emotional well-being and also reducing heart diseases.

“Donors may experience dizziness, nausea and pain after the exercise. Donors need to drink more water, eat healthy foods and avoid strenuous activities.”

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