June 14 is celebrated as the World Blood Donor Day. It is celebrated every year on the day of the birthday anniversary of Karl Landsteiner on June 14 in 1868. It is rightly said that “The future can be anything we want it to be, providing we have the faith and that we realise that peace, no less than war, required “blood and sweat and tears.” Blood donation is a big contribution to the whole life of people. Blood donation is one of the most significant contributions by the human being.
This event celebration was first started in the year 2004 aiming to raise public awareness about the need for safe blood donation (including its products) voluntarily and unpaid by the healthy person. Blood donors are the key role player on this day as they donate life-saving gifts of blood to the needed person.
Blood donation has many benefits for the blood donor. It gives certain facilities to the people while the blood was donating. It is a good thing for everyone. It is safe for blood giving people. According to the statistics, it has been noted that only 62 countries are getting sufficient blood supplies from the voluntary and unpaid blood donors whereas 40 countries are still dependent for the blood donations on the patient’s family member or paid donors. It is celebrated to motivate voluntary blood donors in the rest of the countries worldwide. It is celebrated to fulfill the need of blood transfusion and blood products transfusion to the needed person anywhere in the world. This campaign saves more than millions of lives annually and gives a natural smile on the face of blood receiver.
Blood donation is one of the most significant contributions that a person can make towards society. It is not harmful to an adult person to donate blood. The body of the donor can regenerate the blood within a few days. It poses no threat to the metabolism of the body. It is nice that health care organisations like “the World Health Organisation, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), the International Federation of Blood Donor Organizations (IFBDO) and the International Society of Blood Transfusion (ISBT)” work jointly to organise international level programs to promote people globally.
Nowadays, public awareness is noticed to donate blood. Many clubs, colleges, societies, offices, etc. organise blood donation camps on different occasions. It is a healthy gesture. We must keep this aptitude up at any cost. Our blood banks are running short of required blood. By organising such blood donation camps we may help them to enrich their capacity.
However, carefulness has to be observed while donating blood. First of all the hygiene has to be very strictly demanded to the blood donation camps regarding the needles they use. Otherwise, infections are assured to happen as well as some other harmful effects.
Blood donation is our human duty. Our body does not get affected if we donate blood. The body can repair the loss within a few days. So, we must come forward to donate blood as it can make sure the return of a dying man again into the light of life.
It brings the proud feeling in the mind that we are the reason to save the life of someone. Its consequences, we are giving blood, so we can certainly give life to people. Everyone has to give the blood for better health and save someone life. During the giving of blood as it is painless and will take about an hour only. So, whenever we have spare time, we can visit the hospital and donate the blood. We will surely feel happy as people will shower their blessings on us for giving ourselves blood and saving their life.
(The views expressed by the author in the article are his/her own.)