June 14 is observed as “World Blood Donor Day” to raise awareness of the need for safe blood and blood products. As the name suggests, the day is also marked to thank the blood donors for volunteering to donate blood.
Marking the day, the Director-General of the World Health Organisation (WHO), Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus stated, “The need for blood is universal, but access to blood for all those who need it is not. Donating blood is an act of solidarity. Give blood and save lives. Happy World Blood Donor Day to everyone who is acting in solidarity to save lives”.
“Today is World Blood Donor Day. Safe blood help treat people suffering from a range of diseases, of from injury from accidents, natural disasters and armed”, underscored World Health Organisation.
If one individual falls under the below-mentioned categories, they then are eligible to be a blood donor –
- If between the age group of 18 to 65 years.
- Weight must be at least 50 kg.
- The donor must be in good health condition.
- Must meet the other health criteria.
- Pregnant ladies cannot donate blood.
Although, the guidelines for being a blood donor vary according to the country.
The international health agency further noted that one could also donate blood even during the times of COVID-19 as many health centres across the globe are in the urgent requirement of safe, voluntary blood donations.
“It’s possible to donate blood even during the COVID19 pandemic – check with your local blood donation organization to see what safety precautions are in place”, underscored WHO.
A video has also been shared by the WHO on its official Twitter account showing the significance of donating blood.
WHO then encouraged the world population to come forward and donate blood if they are in sound health, as well as inspire family & friends to donate.