On the 14th of June every year, the world celebrates the World Blood Donor Day (WBDD). The day is marked as a means to raise awareness of the need for blood and safe blood for that matter. and blood products and to thank blood donors for their life-saving gifts of blood.
It is also marked to thank blood donors for their life-saving gifts of blood. Blood donors are indeed lifesavers and superheroes in their own right. With their selfless donation of blood, some people are able to live healthier and longer lives by getting treatment that intrinsically requires the infusion of blood.
Blood can also be helpful when treating the wounded during emergencies of all kinds (natural disasters, accidents, armed conflicts, etc.) and even that does not take proper note of its needfulness in maternal and perinatal care.
Any effective health system requires a blood service that gives patients access to safe blood and blood products in sufficient quantity. For every pint of blood donated, health workers are enabled to save more than 3 lives!
Taking that into consideration, if you start donating blood every 90 days, you can just imagine how many lives you would have saved before you are no longer able to do so.
For the 2017 World Blood Donor Day, the theme focuses on blood donation in emergency situations. Accordingly, it answers the question of what should be your first response when an emergency happens and that is; “GIVE BLOOD. GIVE NOW. GIVE OFTEN.”
As we mark World Blood Donor Day, here are 5 reasons you should consider donating blood;
There is a very wide net for those who can donate blood
Basically, you only have to be aged between 17 and 66 years old, in good health, and with a weight of more than 50kg, or 7 stone 12 lbs to give blood.
Donating blood is completely safe
New and sterile equipment is used for each donor when they donate blood, so it is impossible to acquire any communicable disease or infection through blood donation.
It is a relatively straightforward process
In most places, blood donation only requires; registration, review of medical history, a mini-physical and the eventual donation. It is a process that should not take too long if there are no out of the ordinary circumstances.
You can donate whole blood or its specific components
There are 4 types of components in blood; red cells, platelets, plasma and cryoprecipitate. Each of these, except cryoprecipitate, can be derived from a unit of blood donated. Since patients in general only need a specific component of blood, potentially, each pint could save 3 lives.
So many people need your blood
Over 1 million new people are diagnosed with cancer each year, accidents occur every other minute and other emergencies that require your blood come up just as frequently, so your blood is needed by a wide array of people.