Who Calls for Increase in Number of Blood Donors

Chelsea West
June 26, 2017

Every year June 14 is celebrated as World Blood Donor Day in all countries since 2004.

Aigboje Ikhuoria reports that some residents in Benin City donated blood as part of the commemoration of the day. We must encourage blood donation and motivate youngsters to become donors.

He said the appropriate blood management in times of disasters when done properly could save lives, however, a lot of lives are lost in such circumstances due to the lack of laid down preparation.

Bemoaning the only six percent out of the 1,000 population in any community that donated blood in 2016, Mrs Ansah said it was woefully inadequate for a middle-income country like Ghana. "A consistent blood donor is likely to have lowered risk of cancer in the liver, lungs, stomach and the colon".

The national blood donation drive encouraged more than 2000 Australians to become first-time donors past year.

Friends2support.org has given facts about need of blood donation in India. He said the donated blood could be used on any patient that is in critical need of it, especially accident victims.

Earlier, Dr. R. Allya, Member Secretary, Meghalaya State Blood Transfusion Council, gave a power-point presentation on the "Scenario of Blood Transfusion Services in Meghalaya".

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National blood inventories are about half of what they should be and the reserves of universal donor blood - type O-negative - are also low. The unavailability of blood has led to deaths and many patients suffering from ill-health.

The focus of this year's campaign, What can you do? Most shy away from donating blood. According to him, many lives would have been saved if there was enough blood in the blood bank. Separating blood into its various components allows a single unit of blood to benefit several patients and provides a patient only the blood component which is needed. "Give Blood, Give Now, Give Often".

Apart from the above guidelines, few other things also need to be kept in mind.

The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) says while voluntary blood donors have increased in Latin America and the Caribbean, they are still short of ensuring sufficient blood supplies.

Donating is safe and simple and on average takes a little over an hour.

Every two seconds someone needs blood and more than 38,000 blood donations are needed every day while a single auto accident victim can require as many as 100 units of blood.

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