For those unfamiliar with blood donation, there are certain criteria that you’ll need to abide by before you qualify to donate. Here’s what you should take note of:
- Blood donation is only allowed for those aged between 16 to 60 years old. Those 17 and below will need to fill up a parental consent form
- Have a minimum weight of 45kg – No onset of any illness within the past week of donation day
- No fever in the past month of donation day
- Females should have a hemoglobin level of at least 12.5g/dL while Males should have at least 13.0g/dL
- Pregnant women should not donate blood as well
Additionally, it’s advised to have iron-rich blood so that your blood will be healthier. To do so, you can incorporate more iron-based food in your diet, such as through vegetables like spinach and broccoli, as well as red meat. Take note that foreigners can donate too, as long as they have a valid residential address at least 3 months from the donation date. If you’re curious, you can also take the Eligibility Quiz from Red Cross here at www.redcross.sg/eligibility-quiz.