Blood donation: the need of the recipient, a blessing for the giver
Today, World Blood Donation Day is being observed all over the world, including Pakistan. Hundreds of patients die every year in Pakistan due to untimely blood supply.
Under the auspices of the World Health Organization, Blood Donation Day is celebrated around the world on June 14 every year to increase the positive trend of blood donation among the people. The day was decided by the United Nations World Health Organization in 2005 on the occasion of the 58th Health Assembly, which aimed to ensure safe blood transfusions.
The day is also commemorated on the birthday of Carlland Steiner (June 14, 1868), who invented the ABO blood group system, which allows blood to be transmitted safely even today.
This year the title of this day is, Give Blood so that the world keeps beating.
According to the World Health Organization, more than 100 million people worldwide donate blood annually. Experts say that donating blood keeps a person healthy and safe from many diseases. According to experts, donating blood reduces the risk of cancer, improves blood flow, reduces the risk of heart disease and eliminates excess calories from the body.
Blood donation is also a lifeline for thalassemia patients around the world who need blood every now and then. According to a conservative estimate, 4 to 5 out of every 10,000 children worldwide suffer from thalassemia major or minor.
The most important benefit of donating blood is that the donor’s blood is regularly tested for free and he is more aware of deadly diseases and their prevention than other people.
The following guidelines should be kept in mind when donating blood.
Blood can be donated by people between the ages of 16 and 60.
It is important to drink plenty of water before donating blood.
Make sure you have a good breakfast before you donate so that your blood sugar stays the same.
Carefully quit smoking 24 hours before donating blood.
If you donate blood regularly, add iron-rich foods to your diet 2 weeks before your due date, including eggs, meat, spinach, etc.
Avoid fatty foods, especially fast food, 24 hours before donating blood.
If you feel cold in your hands or feet while donating blood, ask for a blanket immediately.
Remember that if you drink alcohol, you cannot donate blood for the next 48 hours after the last use of alcohol.
After donating blood, lie down in bed for a few minutes and have a light meal or juice during this time. These items are usually provided by the organization.
After donating blood, take the first complete diet that is high in protein, usually chicken or beef is the best.
Avoid smoking for at least 3 hours after donating blood.
Avoid lifting heavy weights and X-rays for at least a day.