Why Should we donate blood?
· Blood is composed of the following living cells which support and maintain our body tissues: The amount varies according to height and weight, but about seven percent of a person's bodyweight is composed of blood. Blood is usually transfused to replace red blood cells that carry oxygen.
· A severe infection or liver disease that stops your body from properly making blood or some parts of blood. An illness that causes anemia, such as kidney disease or cancer. Medicines or radiation used to treat a medical condition also can cause anemia.
· Blood is the most precious gift that anyone can give to another person — the gift of life. A decision to donate your blood can save a life, or even several if your blood is separated into its components — red cells, platelets and plasma — which can be used individually for patients with specific conditions.
· Donating blood is a safe and easy process which gives you the chance to change lives. It is not possible to get AIDS or other infectious disease by giving blood. A brand new, sterile, disposable needle is used for each blood donation.
Safe blood saves lives and improves health. Blood transfusion is needed for:
It is also needed for regular transfusions for people with conditions such as thalassaemia and sickle cell disease and is used to make products such as clotting factors for people with haemophilia.
There is a constant need for regular blood supply because blood can be stored for only a limited time before use. Regular blood donations by a sufficient number of healthy people are needed to ensure that safe blood will be available whenever and wherever it is needed.