MoS (Health) urges citizens to donate blood

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Union Minister of State for Health S P Baghel on Wednesday called upon citizens to donate blood on occasion of ‘World Blood Donor Day’, as part of a nationwide blood donation drive, Raktdaan Amrit Mahotsav.

World Blood Donor Day is celebrated around the world on June 14 and the theme this year is “give blood, give plasma, share life, share often”.

“Blood donation is a noble cause and deeply ingrained in our rich culture and tradition of Seva and Sahyog. I implore and call on all citizens to come forward and donate blood as part of the countrywide Raktdaan Amrit Mahotsav. Donating blood is a significant service to society and mankind in addition to fulfilling the requirement for the country,” Baghel said while inaugurating a blood donation camp at the RML Hospital here.

The slogan for this year’s World Blood Donor Day campaign is ‘give blood, give plasma, share life, share often’.  Baghel said the demand for blood transfusion arises every 2 seconds in India.

On an average, 14.6 million unit blood is needed every year and there is always a shortage of 1 million unit.  “Despite technological advancements, there remains no alternative to blood and 1 unit of blood can save as many as three lives,” Baghel noted.

Baghel stated “blood donation doesn’t cause weakness, this is a misconception. A person has 5-6 litres of blood in their body and can donate blood every 90 days.