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World blood donor day: Let’s break a few myths around blood donation

Though India is the second largest human resource in the world, we are annually in deficit of two million blood units, according to WHO.

fitness Updated: Jun 14, 2017 14:24 IST
In India, the process of creating a large donor base is under progress.
In India, the process of creating a large donor base is under progress.(HT File photo)

“Blood is the elixir of life”- this saying is true, especially, when a person in acute need of blood gets it in time.

Researches to find a suitable alternative to blood have not been successful. These situations make the blood a precious resource. The paradox that surrounds the blood as a resource is “it being readily available and abundant, it is scarce”.

This very well suits with the Indian scenario. Though India is the second largest human resource in the world, we are annually in deficit of two million blood units, according to WHO. In India only one percent of the population donates blood.

In India, after the landmark Supreme Court judgment in 1996(Common Cause v/s Union of India) on blood donation, the scenario of blood banking has been streamlined. The process of creating a large donor base is under progress.

For this movement to be successful, majority of the blood should come from repeat voluntary blood donors. The repeat voluntary blood donors are habitual blood donors who give blood repeatedly at regular intervals. They are thus reliable and safe.

The process of creating a repeated voluntary donor based inventory needs a lot of effort. It is a three-step process.

*STEP I: Motivate an individual for donating blood (intention formation).
*STEP II: Make donation a habit, where he/she realizes that it is a safe process and agrees to donate when called for.
*STEP III: Make donation be identified with him, where starts enjoying the process and donates blood without being called for.

In India only one percent of the population donates blood. (HT File Photo )

The major hurdle in blood donor motivation is breaking the myths that surround the blood donation. Breaking the myth helps the donor to keep his first step towards the ‘holy’ process of donating blood.

There are innumerable myths; the major ones, as jotted by Dr Vikas Hegde, Consultant, Transfusion Medicine and Transplant Immunology, BGS Gleneagles Global Hospitals, are enumerated here:

Blood donation is a safe, well monitored process which does no harm to the donor. Above all it is the best gift that any individual can give. Each donation of blood saves three-four lives.India is making a great progress in health care sector doing high end blood intensive transplant procedures and curing hitherto incurable diseases. Blood is also needed-most when the disaster strikes.

Let’s forget the myths and make a pledge on this world voluntary blood day (June 14, 2017) that “We will- Give blood. Give now, give often.”

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