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Women Reportedly Prevented From Donating Blood to Nyanya Bombing Victims

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The bombing that took place in Nyanya, Abuja this morning has so far claimed over 70 lives, and has left 124 injured (If you missed this story, click here).

As with any other similar emergency situation, hospitals typically encourage blood donations from the public for blood transfusions to help injured victims. However, one hospital in Abuja is reportedly denying blood donations from women.

According to social media activist Maryam Abubakar, Garki hospital in Abuja does not collect blood from women.

Check out her tweets below:

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If this is true, it is quite unfortunate. Gender should not be a basis for refusal of blood donations, especially during such a critical period.

Photo Credit: AP

18 Comments

  1. Fatimah

    April 14, 2014 at 3:57 pm

    *fighting for words* Are they maaaaadddd?

  2. some hater

    April 14, 2014 at 4:22 pm

    I don’t think this is a gender discrimination issue. the hospital should have specified that women close to their period or are currently menstruating are not allowed to donate blood.

    • slice

      April 15, 2014 at 1:38 am

      women can donate blood before, during and after their period if they are feeling well. The blood that comes out during the period is already “set aside” so to speak. it’s not really part of your blood stream anyway so if you’re functioning well without it, you can absolutely give some of your “remaining” blood away. check out the red cross website for more info. you can even give while pregnant although I’d personally not advise it. chapters.redcross.org/ky/rivervalley/eligibility.htm#menst

  3. bukky

    April 14, 2014 at 4:41 pm

    Nawa ooooo, it af tire me sef

  4. BubblyBliss

    April 14, 2014 at 4:49 pm

    Everywhere in the world there are blood donation policies and more often than not women are found ineligible to donate for reasons like, menstruation, pregnancy, nursing mothers, low hematocrit or hemoglobin levels, etc. So we can go ahead to donate but make sure we are eligible. No need for any more casualties.

  5. Tope Orekoya

    April 14, 2014 at 5:16 pm

    Females or Old Women? I have pictures of Ladies donating.

    Please see pictures of Ladies [email protected]

    topeorekoya.blogspot.com/2014/04/photos-nigerians-donating-blood-for.html

    • slice

      April 15, 2014 at 1:44 am

      she’s complaining about garki hospital. the pics you have are from a difft place. please what’s the difference between females and old women

  6. Fabulicious

    April 14, 2014 at 5:20 pm

    I really hope it was an oversight because it’s so annoying especially when the woman is neither pregnant,menstruating or breast feeding.You can be rest assured that they will unknowingly collect blood from so many hidden gay men unknowingly and men who fraternize consistently with prostitutes.Just Sad.

  7. Yt

    April 14, 2014 at 5:51 pm

    I think it’s just to avoid the unnecessary delay of test, because women could have low PCV even when they aren’t currently mensturating or pregnant.
    You might be able to donate during routine exercise cos then you would get screened ,but here it’s an emergency.

  8. Temi Tope Adebayo

    April 14, 2014 at 6:04 pm

    I am curious to know why women who have their menses or are about to have then can’t give blood? Thank you.
    TTA

    • Blessed

      April 14, 2014 at 7:07 pm

      Because they have already lost a lot of blood hence their hb levels may be low.

    • slice

      April 15, 2014 at 1:42 am

      women can donate blood before, during and after their period if they are feeling well. The blood that comes out during the period is already “set aside” so to speak. it’s not really part of your blood stream anymore anyway so if you’re functioning well without it, you can absolutely give some of your “remaining” blood away. check out the red cross website for more info. you can even give while pregnant although I’d personally not advise it. chapters.redcross.org/ky/rivervalley/eligibility.htm#menst

  9. Obi

    April 14, 2014 at 6:49 pm

    But no matter the emergency, blood should be screened for disease. In that vein, a simple Hgb & Hct can be run in batches if the potential donors are many. Even men SHOULD be screened for anemia prior to donation. Perhaps to accommodate the lack of resources to run these basic tests (which by the way are run on a daily basis under other circumstances), this policy of denying women blood donors has been upheld. So, it simply means that they can never get to the level of elective autologous blood banking??? That aside, in an emergency, if women are willing to donate blood, they should be told the risks, screened and be prepared for it. It should never be a case of mandatory exemption of ALL WOMEN from blood donation.

  10. 5'5

    April 14, 2014 at 7:47 pm

    its not discrimination but due to the scientific fact that women’s PCV levels are typically low hence they would have to test first before taking blood so as not to lead to another casualty. testing will cause delays hence better to just not have women as donors.

  11. Noble (http://www.lagosconvo.com)

    April 14, 2014 at 7:56 pm

    Check + double check before you criticise.

    Mbok!

  12. fashionandstylepolice

    April 14, 2014 at 8:47 pm

    Ignorance.

  13. Bev

    April 14, 2014 at 9:55 pm

    If they find the process difficult to run at this time, chill, in your spare time, when the dust has settled, go and donate.
    I am ineligible for life to give blood where I live because I have had malaria,
    not to mention every other eligibility criteria that as a woman , I do not meet.
    So, before you people make a mountain out of a mole hill, at a time of crisis, be thankful the “second owners” have not pocketed all the resources and we have blood collection services at the moment .

  14. @edDREAMZ

    April 14, 2014 at 11:04 pm

    If the doctors says women shouldnt give out blood am sure they have a gud reason for doing so….
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    ***CURRENTLY IN JUPITER***

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