Dr Justina K. Ansah, Chief Executive Officer of the NBSG, pointed out that the lecture which was supported by the World Health Organisation (WHO) was to commemorate the World Blood Donor Day which was instituted to raise awareness of the importance of voluntary blood donation to continue blood supply to health institutions. "Give Now. Give Often" focusing on blood donation in emergency situations.
He said he has been donating blood since 2008 while John Solomon and Okemute Omuta said though it's their time, they are happy to donate blood to save lives. "It has the effect of shifting our attention from the patient who is most in need, to the donors in order to go through the process of the interviews, collecting the blood, and testing the blood, all before the person is transfused". The number of blood donors recorded a 15% increase as the number of donors rose from 7,338 in 2015 to 8,494 in 2016.
On World Blood Donor day, Dakshina Kannada district unit of Indian Red Cross Society (IRCS) has announced that it will flag-off "Blood Donation Bus" that will reach out to the volunteer donors in the city and even those in the remote corners of the district to collect blood.
Friends2support.org has given facts about need of blood donation in India. A single one can save up to three lives. Europeans are also keener blood donors than Latin Americans.
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"Universal access to safe and quality blood is essential if we are to provide comprehensive health care for all", she added.
"The short amount of time it takes to donate can mean a lifetime to a patient with a serious medical condition", Kearney said.
The governor of Nagaland has called upon community and civic organisations, scout and guides, ex-servicemen etc., to organize blood donation camps on different occasions. Blood is tested for 13 infectious disease like HIV, West Nile Virus, hepatitis B and C and Syphilis.
For Ambaga Rashid, he donates blood to help those who do not have enough blood in the body. "Every minute of every day, someone requires blood", Susan Matsumoto of Canadian Blood Services (CBS) said.