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Blood Donation: A Noble deed
 

Blood is the fluid of life that transports oxygen from the lungs to the body tissues and carries back carbon-di-oxide from the tissues to the lungs. Lack of blood in a human body can cause death too. Thus donating blood is a noble cause that gives you the opportunity to save someone's life. Survey says that nearly five million people die every year due to lack of life saving blood transfusion. At present only five percent of the eligible donors readily donate blood on a regular basis where we are in need of approximately 32,000 pints of blood every day. Thus there is an urgent need to spread awareness amongst the rest of the eligible donors so that many more lives can be saved by blood transfusions.

Lets now share a few facts about blood donation, what are its precautions, how can one go about donating blood and who all are eligible to donate blood.


Who can donate blood?

· Medical studies state that anyone who is 18 years and above weighs a minimum of 45 kgs. and is declared to be medically fit is eligible to donate blood.
· An average adult can donate blood two to four times in a year till the age of 65.
· A human body is fit to donate blood in every 56 days.


Who cannot donate blood?

· A minor or an adult who is under weight or is suffering from a vital disease he/she is not eligible to donate blood.
· Any one who is detected to be HIV positive is not capable of donating blood.
· Any male or female who have had physical relationships with more than one partner even ones is not eligible to donate blood.
· Any one who has ever injected themselves with drugs or got a tattoo or shared a syringe with any one should not donate blood.


What precautions should be taken before donating blood?

· The donor should have a proper meal at least three hours before donating blood.
· The donor should accept the snacks given after the donation and have it too. This is very essential.
· The donor should not consume alcohol or smoke at least 24 hours before donating. You can drink or smoke after three hours of donating blood.
· The donor should not have taken any medicine in the last 48 hours of donating blood.


Where can one donate blood?

Many health care centers and medical organizations regularly hold campaigns where donors are invited to donate blood. Many local organizations too set up annual and bi annual blood donation camps where blood donation is held after a thorough medical check up of the donors.

'Come Lets Donate a New Life.''

 
By - Preetu Misra
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Posted by:  Kuldeep On:  3/15/2010 3:44:13 PM
Register Yourself As A Blood Donor: Blood Donation is the biggest donation in the world. As we all know, tragedy occurs every other day and we hear about blood shortages. We cannot let people die short of blood. Our blood can give life to someone, someday. Hence, it is our duty as an Indian to stand up to the situation. Netinfobase has thus started an effort where you can register yourself as an Blood Donor and be helpful to our nation in the testing times.

To register yourself as a Blood Donor, Visit www.netinfobase.com
 
Posted by:  marycoble On:  8/5/2007 11:53:36 PM
can you cite that: I am just curious as to where you got the statistic that "nearly five million people die every year due to lack of life saving blood transfusion"?
 
 
 
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