World Blood Donor's Day: A day with a good cause

An interview with a senior pathologist regarding few things which a blood donor needs to know

                                        "Your blood is precious: Donate, save a life & make it Divine".
World Blood Donor Day (WBDD) is held on June 14 each year. The event was organized for the first time in 2005, by a joint initiative of the World Health Organization, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies to raise awareness of the need for safe blood and blood products. This day is also a special day to thank the voluntary blood donors for donating the life-saving gifts of blood.
World Blood Donor Day is one of 11 official global public health campaigns marked by the World Health Organization (WHO), along with World Health Day, World Chagas Disease Day, World Tuberculosis Day, World Immunization Week, World Patient Safety Day, World Malaria Day, World No Tobacco Day, World Hepatitis Day, World Antimicrobial Awareness Week and World AIDS Day.
The birth anniversary of Karl Landsteiner is celebrated as World Blood Donor Day on June 14. This day was first initiated and established on June 14, 2004, by the World Health Organization (WHO). In May 2005, WHO with its 192 member states established Blood Donor Day at the 58th World Health Assembly in order to motivate all the countries worldwide to thank blood donors for their precious steps and for saving the lives of people.
On the occasion of World Blood Donor's Day, Fit Northeast had a chit-chat with Dr. Manoj Deori,  a renowned pathologist from the Marwari Hospitals. During the conversation, Dr. Deori apprised us about some. facts and precautions to be taken on the part of the donor.
In case if anyone has taken their Covid vaccination, they are eligible to donate blood after 28 days. On the contrast, if someone suffers from Covid, they can donate only after the 28th day from the day of test negative.
Dr Deori added that in order to donate blood, the donor should be between 18 to 65 years (both for male and female) and the weight should be above 45 kilograms. If the donor maintains good health, he/she can donate blood after three months. Also, the donor must have the hemoglobin level between 12.5 to 17.5.
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Diabetes patients who take insulin cannot donate blood but  diabetes patients who have maintained and controlled sugar level (and do not take insulin) can donate blood. Apart from that, pregnant and lactating mothers cannot donate blood. A person cannot donate blood if he/she is under some kind of antibiotic medicine. One cannot donate blood for 6 months if one has taken rabies vaccine. An individual is not eligible to donate blood up to the next 2 years if he/she  underwent any kind of major surgery under general anesthesia. In case of any minor surgery, the time span decreases from 2 years to 6 months.
In case if anyone has taken their Covid vaccination, they are eligible to donate blood after 28 days. On the other hand, if someone suffers from Covid, they can donate blood only after the 28th day from the day they test negative.
One cannot donate blood their entire life if one is suffering infections like hepatitis and HIV . People who get themselves tattooed or go through any kind of tooth extraction can donate blood only after 6 months.
The person who wishes to donate blood has to through a screening test in which, his blood pressure level, hemoglobin level is checked. After the donor donates blood, he/she is asked to rest for a while and if their condition is stable they are allowed to leave. A donor can drive or ride only after 4 hours of donating blood.

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