The Canarian Institute of Hemodonation and Hemotherapy (ICHH), dependent on the Ministry of Health of the Government of the Canary Islands, yesterday organized a blood donation campaign at the Professor Antonio Cabrera Pérez de Las Remudas Institute of Secondary Education, in the Gran Canaria municipality of Telde.
This educational center has been collaborating with the ICHH for several years, although it is the first intervention carried out in its facilities since the health alert was declared on the occasion of Covid-19.
The first year students of the Higher Degree training cycle in Clinical and Biomedical Laboratory, mentored by professor Ruth Umpiérrez, has been the promoter of this initiative, as well as the dissemination of the campaign among the students and the teaching and administrative staff of the center, in order to encourage as many people as possible to donate blood.
A fundamental part of the organization of this type of collection in educational centers is the prior information campaign that the ICHH carries out with the students, which may take one or more sessions, in which information is given on the importance of the donation and what are the requirements to donate, the protocol and security measures currently implemented are explained and the many doubts and urban legends that circulate about blood donation are clarified.
The collection, which took place on Monday at the center’s facilities during the morning shift, attended a total of 29 donors and recorded a bottom line of 27 actual donations.
On the other hand, the ICHH started today a temporary donation point in the Gran Canaria municipality of Valleseco.
The entity reminds the population that has donated blood during the last visit to the municipality that they can now donate again. Men can do it up to four times a year and women three times, with a minimum interval of 60 days between donations.
The Valleseco City Council has provided the ICHH with a room in the Auditorium Doctor Juan Díaz Rodríguez located at Calle Párroco José Hernández Acosta, number 10, where a temporary donation point from March 9 to 12.
Donation in Valleseco
A Hemodonation device will serve the donor population Tuesday to Thursday from 4:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., by appointment Calling 012 or 928 301 012 (option 8) from Monday to Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. or by completing the prior appointment form published on the website efectodonacion.com. Before going to donate, it is advisable to review the information published on this same web page in the Information and Protocol tabs, to become familiar with the established security measures.
Requirements for donation
The basic requirements to donate blood are be in good general health, be between 18 and 65 years of age, weigh more than 50 kilos and, in the case of women, not be pregnant.
In addition, in the current circumstances it is necessary to meet some additional requirements such as: not having cough or respiratory symptoms, not having been diagnosed or having been in contact with people affected by Covid-19 and not having traveled outside the Canary Islands in the last 14 days.
Fixed points in Gran Canaria
The fixed point of the Provincial Bank of Las Palmas located on Calle Alfonso XIII, number 4, in the capital of Gran Canaria, serves donors from Monday to Friday from 8.15 a.m. to 2.45 p.m. and from 3.15 p.m. to 9.15 p.m., upon request for an appointment, and has a ford reserved for donors.
You can also donate at the fixed points of the Canarian Transfusion Network on the Island, without the need for a prior appointment, within the scheduled times in each of them. At the Dr. Negrín University Hospital of Gran Canaria the hours are from Monday to Friday from 8:00 to 13:30 and from 14:00 to 19:30; at the Maternal-Infant University Hospital, from Monday to Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and at the Insular University Hospital of Gran Canaria, from Monday to Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. All these points have parking spaces reserved for donors and are closed on public holidays.