Donating blood is an act of solidarity

Ranjan K Baruah
Contd from prev issue
There is no doubt that most people can give blood if they are in good health. There are some basic requirements one needs to fulfill in order to become a blood donor.
We should not forget that safe blood is essential for helping people of all ages who suffer from diseases, disasters and accidents.
Our donation saves lives and makes our community safe. Blood transfusion saves lives and improves health, but many patients requiring transfusion do not have timely access to safe blood.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) recommends that all activities related to blood collection, testing, processing, storage and distribution be coordinated at the national level through effective organization and integrated blood supply networks.
Together we can make a difference and India may be a leading nation who can even export blood whenever needed.
If all Indians started donating blood then there may not be a shortage of blood in the country and we may even export to other countries whenever needed.
The voluntary donor must get support from the blood banks to encourage more voluntary blood donations.
 There are many organisations in our country who organize different blood donation camps and we can also become part of such voluntary blood donation camps. Let us be a proud blood donor and save lives .

(With direct inputs from UN/WHO publications and feedback may be sent to [email protected])