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On #WorldBloodDonorDay, Let us pledge for saving lives

It is world blood donor day today. I also got to know about this from my twitter feeds and then I realized that this is such a great day to thank voluntary, unpaid blood donors for their life-saving gifts of blood.

Many of us don't realize the importance of blood donation until we face the emergency in our own family wherein someone needs blood. This is because of blood donation, hospitals and other health care facilities have access to affordable blood when needed. The ample availability also ensures timely supplies of safe and quality-assured blood and blood products which are an integral part of universal health coverage and a key component of effective health systems.

Blood donation saves lives, we all know. Be it for planned treatments or urgent interventions. However, still, people are hesitant in willingly donating blood. There are many myths and presumptions that stop people from going to blood donation camps. In fact, after donating blood, the body works to renew the blood loss, which stimulates the production of new blood cells & helps in maintaining good health.

Points that you should consider

1. In every few seconds, someone, somewhere, needs blood.
  • Women with pregnancy and childbirth associated bleeding;
  • Children with severe anemia due to malaria and malnutrition;
  • People with blood and bone marrow disorders.
  • People with traumatic injuries in emergencies and accidents.
  • Patients undergoing advanced medical and surgical procedures.
2. Access to safe blood and blood products varies greatly across and within countries.

3. In developing countries, mostly children under 5 years of age need blood. Whereas in developed counties, the need is mostly for people above 65 years of age.

4. Frequent blood donations are needed all over the world to ensure that individuals and communities have access to trustworthy and quality-assured blood and blood products.

Who can donate blood

People of age between 18 and 65 can donate blood. You should meet a minimum hemoglobin level set for blood donation; not less than 12.0 g/dl for females and not less than 13.0 g/dl for males. You cannot donate if you have a cold, flu, sore throat, cold sore, stomach issues or any other infection. It is not advisable to donate blood while breastfeeding.

What we can do

Become a blood donor today and help save lives. Everyone who can donate blood should consider making regular voluntary, unpaid donations so that we all have adequate blood supplies. Encourage your friends and family to become regular blood donors. Find out your blood type and register as a blood donor. On birthdays and other important occasions, make a practice to donate blood in nearby hospital.

Let's raise awareness for blood donation. Be there for someone who needs you!

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