World Blood Donor Day 2021 (Photo Credits: File Image)
World Blood Donor Day is celebrated across the world on 14 June every year to raise global awareness about the need for safe blood and blood donation. The main objective of this day is to highlight the major contribution of unpaid and voluntary blood donors towards saving millions of lives and improving the health of many patients almost every day. World Blood Donor Day provides an opportunity to the government and private health sectors to set up proper infrastructure and provide blood donors with adequate resources to increase blood collection. Also read: World Blood Donor Day 2021: World Blood Donor Day encourages to donate blood, know theme, history and importance
This year World Blood Donation Day is being celebrated on 14th June, Monday i.e. today. The slogan of World Blood Donor Day 2021 is “Give blood and keep the world beating”. This slogan highlights the major contribution made by blood donors to save many lives every day. According to the WHO (World Health Organisation), the focus of this year’s campaign will be on the role of youth in ensuring a safe blood supply. Italy will host World Blood Donor Day 2021 through its National Blood Center. There will be a global event in Rome on 14 June 2021. However, as we all know that donating blood is one of the best work. So if you also live in India and want to donate blood then you should also know about the process of blood donation, eligibility and other frequently asked questions.
What type of donor are you?
voluntary non-remunerative blood donor
According to the National Council for Blood Transfusion, if a person donates blood, plasma or cellular components of his own free will, then that person will not get any payment.
autologous blood donor
If a patient donates his blood for himself for future needs then that person can act as a blood donor. Donations can be made before elective surgery.
If a donor donates only one of his blood components through the process of cell separation, then that person can be called a voluntary or replacement donor.
Eligibility to donate blood in India:
According to the National Council for Blood Transfusion, any healthy adult can donate blood. Women can donate every four months while men can safely donate blood once every three months.
Blood Donation Process:
- Giving your consent to the donation and then filling the registration form.
- According to the National Blood Transfusion Council, before donating blood, the donor’s medical history, temperature, blood pressure, pulse and hemoglobin are checked.
- According to the National Blood Transfusion Council, the phlebotomist draws one unit (350ml/450ml) of blood and takes less than 10 minutes.
- The donors are then given fluids or juices.
- This year on World Blood Donor Day, make a pledge to donate blood again and again so that you can save at least one person’s life. Donating blood is very important in today’s time.