Saturday, September 30, 2006

National Blood Day

National Blood Day

It has been striking the headlines for sometime since to observe October 1 as National Voluntary Blood Donation day to spread the message and awareness of the need and necessity of blood donation. It should be understood that blood banks all over the country are in heavy need of blood to cater to patients undergoing a large amount of surgery of diversified types. Donating a blood does not weaken or destabilise the donor in any way. The donated blood is regenerated within the body automatically within 24 to 48 hours.

Who can donate blood?

  1. Any person who is more than 18 years age and less than 60 years of age can donate blood.
  2. The Haemoglobin count should not be less than 12.5 g/dl
  3. The donor should not weigh less than 45 kgs.
  4. The donor should be having a normal body temperature during the blood donation process.
  5. The donor should have a normal blood pressure levels at the time of blood donation.
  6. Preferably, the blood donor should not be suffering from any fever or infection while donating blood.

Who are restricted from donating blood?

  1. Normal Persons but under special circumstances
    1. Persons are steroid medications.
    2. Pregant woman or who have just concieved a baby.
    3. Thos who have consumed alcohol within 24 hours of process of blood donation.
    4. Who has undergone surgery in the previous six months.
    5. Woman during menstruation period.
  2. Patients with the following diseases are restricted from donating blood.
    1. HIV/AIDS
    2. Jaundice
    3. Rubella
    4. Typhoid
    5. Malaria
    6. Hepatitis-B

Also check out the following website for a detailed FAQ on blood donation. Feel free to register yourself in Indian Blood Donors website.

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