A decrease in donations has the Banco Nacional de Sangre (National Blood Bank) against the wall, as its reserves run low and put at risk surgical procedures in all hospitals across the country.

According to a report by the Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social (CCSS) – Costa Rican Social Security Fund – or “Caja”, the cancellation of visits to businesses has also had an impact on donations.

The Banco Nacional de Sangre, located in Zapore, is open from Monday to Wednesday from 7 am to 3 pm, on Thursdays until 4 pm and on Saturdays from 8 am to noon.

What you need to donate:

  • Be 18 or over
  • Carry I.D. (cedula or passport)
  • Be in good health
  • Eat a light breakfast that includes coffee or black tea, fruits, juices, bread without butter
  • Not having undergone chemotherapy or radiotherapy
  • Not suffer from epilepsy or hematological and cardiac diseases
  • Not pregnant or breastfeeding

Critics of the Blood Bank question why donations are accepted at all clinics and ebais (local CCSS clinics) across the country.

Many on the social networks say they would like to donate, but say they have difficulty reaching the Zapote offices, particularly with their limited time of operations.

Then, there are the long lines. Despite the 45 minute wait period the Blood Bank claims, donors say they have had to wait up to 2 and 3 hours.

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