ALFAZ town hall’s health department recently urged the local population to become blood donors. Alicante’s Transfusions Centre urgently needs to improve the stocks in its blood bank, explained health councillor Marisa Cortes, who called on habitual and potential donors to attend local sessions.
“Owing to people’s changed routines over the Christmas holidays the blood bank’s reserves have diminished,” Cortes said. To donate it is necessary to be aged between 18 and 65, weigh more than 50 kilos and be in good health, the councillor added. Women may give blood three times a year, and men four times but there should always be a two-month interval between donations. Anybody who lived continuously in the UK for a minimum of one year between 1980 and 1996 will not be eligible to donate give in Spain owing to the risk of transmitting Mad Cow Disease although each region has different rules regarding donations.