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Blood donation is a noble cause. We should all make it a point to donate blood at least once a year. This small action on our part can save many lives. People who have been in an accident and lost a lot of blood, people diagnosed with liver disorders, acute anaemia, blood infection, women giving birth and all surgeries need blood transfusion. And that is why there is a World Blood Donor Day (14th June 2020) which is meant to spread awareness on the importance of donating blood and how it can be done safely without the risk of spreading infection.
Let us take a look at some interesting facts regarding blood donation and Blood Donors Day
The campaign for the World Blood Donor Day is managed by the World Health Organization (WHO).
WHO considers safe blood donation and sufficient blood supply to be the foundation of the healthcare service and with that goal, it launched the World Blood Donor Day.
World Blood Donor Day commemorates the birth anniversary of the scientist Karl Landsteiner, who made the groundbreaking discovery of blood groups and for which he won the Nobel Prize in physiology.
The first-ever World Blood Donor Day was organised in 2004.
The World Blood Donor Day also celebrates the voluntary act of uncountable people who out of the goodness of their hearts donate blood in service of humanity and to save lives.
An adult human can donate half a litre of blood (1 unit) once every three months. And depending on how much blood the recipients need, one unit can come to the aid of up to 3 people.
What makes the World Blood Donor Day a very important event in the WHO calendar is that blood cannot be manufactured with technology. It has to come from humans to save other humans. And this day is utilized by WHO to appeal to us to do our duty towards our fellow humans.
It is vital for every medical care facility to have access to a steady blood supply, many forms of illnesses such as cancers require blood transfusion before treatment can start or continue. That is why blood needs to be donated all throughout the year.
Women who are menstruation or are pregnant cannot donate blood because the loss of even 1 unit of blood can have a detrimental effect on their bodies.
Throughout the world, blood donation banks allow people of the age group 18-65 to donate blood. This directive was issued by the WHO.
The person who wants to donate blood must weigh at least 50 kilos.
Certain common illnesses may bar you from donating blood such as cough and cold, sore throat, an infection, tummy bug etc.
This World Blood Donor Day, pledge to donate blood. Visit your nearest blood donation camp and get yourself registered.