Hello there, how many of you have donated blood? And How many of you donate it regularly?
Today is National Voluntary Blood Donation Day. And India is currently suffering from a blood crisis due to imposed lockdown. However, people have again started participating in blood donation.
Though there is no donation campaign in colleges, and no rallies supporting the idea of blood donation. So we thought to encourage you all to donate it for the first time, and if you have donated it earlier then to resume donating it.
Reason to donate blood
India is a very big country and supports a massive population. Every day more than 1200 road accidents need a blood transfusion.
Every year our skilled doctors do 60 million trauma-induced surgery. Cancer patients also need it in their treatment. Yearly 331 million cancer-related procedures need 100 units of blood each.
230 million major operations will also need a huge amount of blood. And 10 million pregnancy complications need a blood transfusion. Not to forget, the cases of haemophilia, thalassemia, sickle cell anaemia etc.
So we see India has a huge demand for blood on a daily basis. And if we don’t go and donate blood voluntarily our health sector may come to a halt.
Consequently, we are going to suffer from a health crisis. India has a big population, if people start donating it actively we can export blood related products such as immunoglobulin, albumins, coagulation factors to other countries.
On the contrary, we are importing these products from our neighbouring countries. As a responsible Indian citizen, we should go and donate it to save millions of lives.
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BENEFITS OF DONATING BLOOD
Are you among those who think that donation is going to make you weak? If yes, then don’t skip this section it is designed to break your myth.
1. Free blood analysis: Well once you head over to the blood bank of any hospital they are going to check if you are eligible to donate it. They check your haemoglobin if you have AIDS, Hepatitis B/C. or any other kind of infection. trust me it is a perk.
2. Snacks after donating blood: See they are giving you a whole package of fruits, juice, biscuits just to boost your glucose levels. I am repeating once again… No!!! you are not weak after donating it. And boys you are not losing your masculinity. and dear girls you can donate.
3. lower risk of cardiovascular disease: It is seen that people who donate blood Regularly are less likely to develop any heart-related problem. So by donating you can be free from all those scary heart diseases. It also helps in weight loss, thereby helping obese people from developing any heart problem.
4. Physical Fitness: People who donate blood regularly are seen to take care of their health. They consume healthy food and exercise regularly to maintain their Haemoglobin levels. All in all, they live a very active lifestyle.
5. Anti-Cancer Benefits: By donating blood the chances of cancer is also reduced. Because the iron stores of your body are maintained at healthy levels.
6. Young Blood in your body: When you donate blood. Your red blood bone marrow keeps working to make new blood for your body. And that’s a good way to make your body keep functioning properly.
7. Sense of Pride: The most important benefit of donation is you feel proud of yourself. you are a hero of all the people who need it. You are saving lives. You are doing something that most people avoid doing. and donation takes mere 15 mins.
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ARE YOU ELIGIBLE TO DONATE.
After knowing the merits of donating, I am sure you want to know if you are eligible to donate it. These points will let you know if you can donate it for a good cause
- Your age should be above 18 years and below 65 years.
- You should have a healthy weight. That is above 45 kg.
- You should have haemoglobin above 12.5 mg.
- your BP should be normal.
- should have a normal body temperature.
- must not have AIDS, Syphilis, Hepatitis, asthma, hypertension, rabies, cancer, epilepsy etc.
- should not have undergone any major surgery recently.
- shouldn’t have any major dental procedure done in the past 1 month.
- should not be immunised in the past 1 month.
- If you have a tattoo, you cannot donate it for 1 year.
- You are not eligible to donate if you consumed alcohol in the past 24 hours.
- A breastfeeding mother or a pregnant lady is not eligible for donation.
- A menstruating woman is also not allowed to donate blood.
- If you had a miscarriage in the past 6 months, you should not be donating blood.
That’s it you can scrutinise yourself from the points mentioned above. We hope that we helped you in clarifying your doubts about the eligibility to donate.
PROCEDURE OF BLOOD DONATION.
Let me familiarise you with the procedure of donation and that there are no complications if you donate it.
The very first step is a doctor doing the basic health check-up and asking very simple questions about your health. Such as have you undergone any surgery or were suffering from any disease. And he checks your weight and examines your haemoglobin. He explains the whole procedure of donation.
You are requested to drink 2 glasses of water to compensate for the loss of fluid during the blood donation process. And you are provided with a comfortable bed to lie down.
A skilled doctor or nurse shows you the disposable needle and your blood collected bag (450 ml). Then your needle is pierced into your vein. That’s it. Now everything happened on its own.
Generally, it takes about 15-20 mins to collect 1 unit of blood (450 ml). Then your nurse will come and remove the needle and dispose of it. She puts on a cotton patch and later applies a band-aid.
Then they serve you with a pack of snacks. Usually, the snacks contain a fruit, a pack of juice, chocolate and a biscuit. You are advised to eat the snack and rest for 15 more min on the bed before you choose to leave.
It’s that simple. And you can keep going to do all your normal activities. You can donate it again after 3 months.
So I hope I have cleared your doubts and familiarise you with the procedure of blood donation. As a youth, it was my duty to donate it and to aware the younger generation about this whole process.
Also if you are youth as well, then what are you waiting for? You can donate it too.
Share our article among your friends and siblings cousins and with everyone and motivate them to participate in This noble process of saving lives.
Also if you have donated blood then comment down below at what age you started donating. I remember I couldn’t wait to donate it after turning 18.