No more maximum age for blood donorsTuesday, 05 February 2019 15:52
Without the adaptation of the rules, Belgian would have lost about 8,000 donors over the next five years, according to the Health Minister, who noted that “there is no scientific basis to maintain” this age limit.
Anyone may now continue to donate blood after the age of 71 years on condition that they made a first donation before the age of 66 and their previous one was no more than three years ago. Red Cross doctors will determine whether the prospective donors are fit to donate blood.
“We now expect to receive at least 15,000 more donors each year,” said Dr. Ivan de Bouyalsky, head of the Belgian Red Cross. “These are often very loyal donors, who give blood many times a year.”
The maximum age limit had already been raised from 66 to 71 in 2011. That measure had enabled the Red Cross to obtain an additional 20,000 donations annually.
The Brussels Times
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