World Blood Donor Day - 14th June 2022
Blood cannot be manufactured, so donations are the only way we can give blood to those who need it. Donated blood can be lifesaving for individuals who have lost blood because of accidents or surgery, as well as for people who have become severely anemic or have dangerously low platelet counts because of certain medical conditions and/or treatments. Screening measures help to maximize the safety of blood donation for the donor and the recipient.
Safe blood and blood products and their transfusion are critical aspects of care and public health. They save millions of lives and improve the health and quality of life of many patients every day. The need for blood is universal, but access to blood for all those who need it is not. Blood shortages are particularly acute in developing countries.
Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, despite limited mobility and other challenges, blood donors in many countries have continued to donate blood and plasma to patients who need transfusion. This extraordinary effort during a time of unprecedented crisis highlights the crucial role of well-organized, committed voluntary, non-remunerated blood donors in ensuring a safe and sufficient blood supply during normal and emergency times.
Dr. R. V. Ravi Kanna
Consultant Internal Medicine
KIMS ICON Hospitals, Vizag