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Donating Blood is good for health.

HYDERABAD -- Like other parts of the globe, the World Blood Donor Day will be observed in Pakistan on June 14 to create wider public awareness on blood donation.

World blood donor day (WBDD) is celebrated globally on June 14th to honor voluntary blood donors for their precious gift of life and create wider awareness for safe blood and importance of voluntary blood donation as the first link in safe quality blood transfusion service. The theme of World Blood Donor Day 2017 is 'Blood connects us all'.

Talking to reporter here Director Nuclear Institute of Medicines and Radiotherapy (NIMRA), Dr. Naeem Leghari said that Donating Blood is good for health , adult male could donate after every three months (four times in year) while an adult female could donate three times in a year.

The day inspires those who have not yet donated blood and to appreciate regular, voluntary and unpaid donors, said Dr. Naeem Leghari.

He said that blood safety encompasses actions aimed at ensuring that everyone has access to blood and blood products that are as safe as possible, available at reasonable cost, adequate to meet the needs of patients, transfused only when necessary, and provided as part of a sustainable blood programme within the existing healthcare system, he added.

He said that before donating blood, a donor should take light meal like biscuit, tea, water, juice, etc. Blood should not be donated soon after heavy meal and before completion of three months from last donation, he advised.

He said it did not take much time for the human body to replace the donated blood. White blood cells are recovered in five days and red blood cells in 21 days and everyone could safely donate blood after three months, he explained.

Dr. Leghari said that NIMRA had joined hands with Red Crescent Society, a voluntary blood donor organization, community organizations, schools and colleges to mark longer-term campaigns to increase the number of voluntary blood donors who donated blood on a regular basis.

He stressed that voluntary, non-remunerated blood donors who donated blood regularly were integral to safe, adequate and sustainable blood supply. He said that the risk of developing complications due to hemorrhage had further increased in pregnant women with underlying conditions such as anemia, sepsis, malaria, HIV/AIDS and female genital mutilation.

He said the theme of World Blood Donor Day, also highlighted the role the blood donors played in saving the lives and improving the health of millions and created awareness about the availability, safety and appropriate use of blood and blood products. Millions of lives were saved every year through blood transfusions, added.

He said, in many countries, however, people died due to an inadequate supply of blood and blood products, adding that had a particular impact on women, children (malnutrition, malaria and severe life-threatening anemia), and trauma victims and, especially, the poor and disadvantaged.

Dr. Naeem Leghari said that the world blood donor day has also served as a platform for broader activities in many countries including the restructuring of national blood transfusion services, the development of legislation on voluntary blood donation and the launch of national guidelines on blood transfusion, added.

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Publication:The Frontier Star (Northwest Frontier Province, Pakistan)
Date:Jun 14, 2017
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