Ever thought of the need to voluntarily donate blood at least, once every three months?
Certainly, blood donation is an act many people would initially cringe at until they realise the benefits are for the donors as much as for the receivers. The donor is at lower risk of suffering a heart attack, developing cancer, as well as help the donor’s liver stay healthy and lots more. Donating blood also expose potential health problems in the donor because tests are conducted on the donor to be sure his/ her blood is disease-free.
Yes, all of the above have been proven by Medical Experts.
Beyond these, what better feeling could one have than knowing that you have just helped someone or even multiple people somewhere? You probably even saved a life because you made a great decision.
As the world celebrates world blood donor day every June 4, the World Health Organisation, in its year 2021 theme: ‘Give Blood and Keep the World Beating’, raises awareness of the need for safe blood and blood products for transfusion, as well as the critical contribution voluntary, unpaid blood donors make to national health systems.
The day also provides a call opportunity to action for Governments and National Health Authorities to provide adequate resources and put in place systems and infrastructures to increase the collection of blood from voluntary, non-remunerated blood donors.
WHO noted that safe blood and products, as well as their transfusion are a critical aspect of care and public health; they save millions of lives and improve the health and quality of life of many patients everyday.
With this year’s theme, there is a global call for more people to contribute to better health by donating blood regularly; however, before doing this, it is important to know one’s blood group, see a Medical Doctor to confirm eligibility, eat healthy meal and stay hydrated just before the process.
Written by MosinmiladeOluwa Soremekun.