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Blood, the life-giver


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blood donation“Blood is the common bond between human beings. It is beyond caste, creed, race, religion and nationality.”

Blood is that magic potion that gives life.  Well, we take it for granted that it is our right to receive blood when needed but where is the sense of responsibility of donating blood when there is a tremendous need for blood in hospitals?

It’s just a myth that you lose blood when you donate. The fact is only 350 ml of blood is taken at the time of donation. An average person has 5-6 litres of blood in his/her body. Blood donation hardly makes a difference in terms of health to the donor, but it can help save the life of a patient. In fact donating blood periodically actually creates replenished blood, which by itself is healthy for the human system.

“Every 2-seconds, someone in the country is in need of blood. Every year our nation requires about 4 Crore units of blood, out of which only a meager 5 Lakh units of blood are available.” says a website, www.bharatbloodbank.com, which is dedicated to the cause of connecting those with a heart and those who need a life.

It is a non-profit, non-commercial interface born out of a social commitment and desire to use the power of the Internet to help common people. It aims to be the single largest congregation of donors across India, thereby helping needy recipients find donors quickly and effortlessly. 
WHO India on this World Blood Donor day 2007 is planning to strengthen the capacity of blood banks and district hospitals for improving maternal health through voluntary blood donation, safe blood collection, quality assured testing and best clinical practices.

It has also conducted a study specifically for maternal health and has come up with these findings. Globally more than 5,00,000 women die each year during pregnancy, childbirth or in the postpartum period – 99% of them in the developing world. An estimated 25% of those deaths are caused by severe bleeding during childbirth, making this the most common cause of maternal mortality. Severe bleeding during delivery or after childbirth contributes to around 34% of maternal deaths in Africa, 31% in Asia and 21% in Latin America and the Caribbean.

Timely, appropriate and safe blood transfusion during and after labour and delivery can make the difference between life and death for many women and their newborns.

With so much awareness on the importance of blood, as a citizen of a developing country and as a human being whose donation can serve to be a life-giver, its essential that each one of us vows to periodically go in for blood donation and help save precious lives.

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Responses to Blood, the life-giver

  1. 1 Deepa

    I really liked this article. Was always scared to donate blood..but after this I will be more open to blood donation. Was an eye opener.

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