Governor appeals for more blood donation

"National Blood Donor Week is the time to take that first step of making an appointment to give blood", said Ms Todd. Donate Blood to give back life.

Blood donation is one of the most vital social services to the humankind.

Addressing the fact that persons usually shy away from donating blood because of a fear of needles, Allen sought to assure potential donors that the procedure is safe.

"We don't just need to give blood in the event of tragedies or emergencies".

Every day there are thousands of patients like Schuster who rely on lifesaving blood donations. No matter how science and technology advances, to date, attempts made by scientists to develop artificial blood have not been successful, the minister added.

Blood is routinely transfused to patients with cancer and other diseases, premature babies, organ transplant recipients and trauma victims, according to the Red Cross.

Some 100 outstanding Vietnamese blood donors were honoured in an event to celebrate World Blood Donor Day on June 14 in Hanoi.

Only about 3 percent of the US population gives blood, which means a heavy reliance on repeat donors to maintain a sufficient blood supply. The theme for Blood Donation Day in 2017 focus on blood donation in emergency situations. "By organizing such blood donation camps we may help them to enrich their capacity", he said. A decision to donate your blood can save several lives. Increased level of physical activity is something that women need to inculcate on a daily basis.

A blood donor card or driver's license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in.

Many people are dying with awful diseases every day due to lack of blood, your blood can save those people.

Every two seconds someone needs blood and more than 38,000 blood donations are needed every day while a single auto accident victim can require as many as 100 units of blood.

Despite continuous efforts by various organisations and government to create awareness on blood donation, latest data from the World Health Organisation reveals that male blood donors outnumber female blood donors by a great margin, which is less than 10 per cent of the total blood donors. "Your donation is a life-saving donation", the minister concluded.

  • Joanne Flowers