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    11,273 donate blood in Nangarhar

    JALALABAD (PAN): A total of 11,273 people in the eastern province of Nangarhar have donated blood to the public health department’s blood bank over the past one year, an official said on Sunday.

    Mostly university students and members of various associations donated more than 5.5 million cubic centimetres of blood in the past 12 months, Public Health Director Dr. Baz Mohammad Sherzad told Pajhwok Afghan News.

    Each youth donated 500 cc of blood after they were tested free for high blood pressure, diabetes, hepatitis and other blood-transmitted diseases, he said.

    The department had provided 11,161 cc of blood for those injured in traffic accidents, explosions and clashes, he explained. “Up to 235 children suffer from thalassemia in the country and 200 of them need blood every month and 35 of them need it every 15 days.”

    Sherzad continued about 3,200 people were registered with the department as lifetime donors, who could donate blood during emergencies. He asked others to help save the lives of people.

    A resident of Hesarak district, Dilawar, said he had donated blood three times and did not suffer any medical problems; instead it improved his health.

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