January is National Blood Donor Month - Give With National Blood Services Zimbabwe!

Blood donations are crucial – they save lives! In the month of January, Blood Donor Month is observed nationally. 

President Richard Nixon proclaimed January as National Blood Donor Month for the first time on December 31, 1969, as requested by Senate Joint Resolution 154, and we are still observing the important act of blood donation today.

FACTS ABOUT BLOOD DONATION: Check out some interesting facts about blood donations below:
(from givingblood.org)
  • 4.5 million Americans will need a blood transfusion each year.
  • Someone needs blood every two seconds.
  • Only 37 percent of the U.S. population is eligible to donate blood – less than 10 percent do annually.
  • One pint of blood can save up to three lives.
  • One unit of blood can be separated into several components: red blood cells, plasma, platelets and cryoprecipitate.
  • Much of today’s medical care depends on a steady supply of blood from healthy donors.
  • Children being treated for cancer, premature infants, and children having heart surgery need blood and platelets from donors of all types, especially type O.
  • Thirteen tests (11 for infectious diseases) are performed on each unit of donated blood.
  • 46.5 gallons: the amount of blood you could donate if you begin at age 17 and donate every 56 days until you reach 79 years old.
  • If all blood donors gave three times a year, blood shortages would be a rare event. (The current average is about two.).

WHO CAN DONATE BLOOD: Now you may wonder, ‘Am I eligible to give blood?’ Good question. To ensure the safety of both the donor and the recipient, all potential donors are evaluated prior to donating.
  • All persons who are healthy and have no risks can be transmitted to the recipients of their donated blood.
  • Who are between 16 and 65 years of age and if already a repeat donor at 65 years, this can be extended dependent on Medical assessment
  • If weighing 50kgs or more and meets the guidelines and criteria.
For more information about who can and cannot donate, read more here: who-can-donate.aspx.

Getting a good night’s sleep, eating a nutritional meal, and drinking plenty of fluids are highly recommended prior to donating blood.

WHY SHOULD I DONATE BLOOD? 
Blood is made up of red blood cells, white blood cells and platelets in a liquid called plasma. Plasma is about 90% water, but also contains proteins, nutrients, hormones and waste products. Blood is made up of about 60% plasma and 40% blood cells. Blood and its components are essential for human life and are produced and replenished by the human body.

Each type of blood cell has a specific role to play:
  • Red blood cells carry oxygen around the body and remove carbon dioxide and other waste products; they give blood its red colour.
  • White blood cells are part of the immune system (the body’s natural defence mechanism) and help fight infection.
  • Platelets help the blood clot (thicken) to stop bleeding.
  • Plasma helps carry nutrients and is essential to maintain blood volume and blood pressure and has important clotting factors.

ONLY human blood can be used for transfusion to another human being and to save life or prevent serious ill-health.

Giving blood is a pure and selfless act from one person, who voluntarily donates their blood for another unknown person, without pressure or expectation of any form of reward or payment in cash or kind.
January is National Blood Donor Month - Give With National Blood Service Zimbabwe!
January is National Blood Donor Month - Give With National Blood Service Zimbabwe!
DO I HAVE ENOUGH BLOOD & DOES IT TAKE LONG TO DONATE A UNIT OF BLOOD? A person who is 50kgs or more has a total blood volume of 4 – 6litres. The donation itself takes 10 – 15 minutes and a total of less than 30minutes of your time. The volume is less than half a litre (450mL). 

Donations can be safely made every 3/4months and even less if monitored. A health questionnaire on lifestyle and a simple check to exclude anaemia is carried out before each donation, to ensure no harm to the donor or recipient.

In honour of National Blood Donor Month, “Give and Save Lives.”

For More Information Please Feel free To Check: www.nbsz.co.zw/


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