Volunteers donate generously to save precious lives; Record 559 blood units collected in DH Rajouri

RAJOURI, DEC 15: With many social and other civil organisations conducting blood donation camps, the Blood Bank situated in District Hospital Rajouri has collected record number of 559 units this year.
This year many social and civil organisations donated blood units by organising blood donation camps to help the needy during emergency.
According to official sources, a record number of 513 units were collected in Blood Bank of DH Rajouri within seven months from May to November 2017. Major contributors included Nirankari Mission, Army, BSF, Rotary Club, Bajrang Dal, Press Club, Youth For Change, Police, CRPF and HDFC Bank, they said, adding locals have appreciated the gesture of these organisations.
Speaking to Greater Jammu, Medical Superintendent District Hospital Rajouri Dr Mehmood Hussain Bajar appealed to people particularly the youngsters of Rajouri to come forward to donate blood for saving precious lives.
Volunteers donate blood willingly without expecting any monetary gains, he said, adding this kind of record blood donation helps to save lives which clearly indicates that youth don’t hesitate to save anyone’s life by donating blood.
In India, any individual between 18 to 60 years age can donate blood up to 168 times, Dr Mehmood Hussain Bajar said, adding volunteers are allowed to donate blood once in 90 days as a margin of safety.
He said that it has been scientifically established that if one slowly parts with 8ml of blood /kg of one’s own body weight, there is no harm to the body mechanism in any way. For donating blood in India, one must have a body weight of 45 kg or more, he said, adding anybody having this body weight can donate 360 ml but only 350 ml blood is collected from a donor.
For recuperation of the donated blood, which is only a fraction of the surplus amount of blood, no additional nutritious food, rest or medicine is needed. Normal diet is sufficient to make up the donated blood. Some myths related to blood donation like it causes weakness and fatigue; donating blood disturbs the balance of the body; it may cause weight gain; one may develop the characteristics of the donor; fear of the possibility of discovering some disease; fear of transmission of foreign genes; a man who gives blood to his wife will die before her; one who gives blood will not be able to have children etc have no base in reality.
Satpal Sharma, a local appreciated the efforts of social and civil organisations for donating blood and assured to support the authorities to get more donors.
“We have a group of donors available to help any needy person,” he said.
It is pertinent to mention that more than half the population of the country is medically fit to donate blood but hardly 4-5 out of 1000 in India are donating blood. The reasons for not donating blood should be studied by motivators to convert the non-donor into donor. The reasons for not donating blood are may be fear of the needle, fear of pain, fear of sight of blood, fear of future weakness, fear of possible ill-effects, objections from the elders, apathy, indifference, social taboo, medical excuses, story of wastage of donated Blood, ignorance and illiteracy, inconvenience due to location and timing of blood collection.
“We have taken proper care of those reasons which make non donor reluctant to become donor. We also organise awareness camps to motivate the blood donation ,” said a Senior Administrative Official, adding many non donors have become donors after series of awareness camps organised by health department.