There is no alternative to the human blood. By donating blood we can save precious human life as we require 5 crore units of blood every year in India. Though, we are a population of 130 crores but only 40% of them in age categories where they can donate blood. It means if only 10% of this age category population can donate blood once in year voluntarily we can fulfill the dream of 100% voluntary blood donation. Blood donation not only just benefits recipients but also there are health benefits for donors, too. These benefits do not limit to emotional satisfaction o of saving some life but also some real health benefits to the donor.
Benefits to the Donor
According to Mental Health Foundation blood donation can have following benefits to the donor:-
- reduce stress
- improve your emotional well-being
- benefit your physical health
- help get rid of negative feelings
- provide a sense of belonging and reduce isolation
Researchers have found various other health benefits to a blood donor:-
Lower risk of heart disease
Blood donation may lower the risk of heart disease and heart attacks due to decrease in viscosity of blood by blood donation. Regular blood donation has positive impact on our blood pressure also.
Free health check-up
Every blood donor undergo following free mini medical check-ups every time before donating blood:-
- pulse rate
- blood pressure
- body temperature
- haemoglobin levels
- body weight
It can effectively detect problems that could indicate an underlying medical condition or risk factors for certain diseases. Even after the blood donation, your blood is also tested for various diseases before being used for transfusion. These include hepatitis B and C, HIV-AIDS, syphilis etc. Every blood bank has system of reporting if your blood is tested positive for any of these diseases.
Friends, today we have organised a blood donation camp in our college where 44 units of blood was donated that has potential to save 132 lives. Hope these people who will get this blood survive and work for the growth of the society.
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