Blood Bank in Your Hands Now
India has the world’s largest shortage of blood. The shortfall extends up to 41 million units, which means, the demand outstrips supply by over 400%. And it is continually rising. There are various uses for the donated blood. Patients may need blood for transfusions in the cases of anemia, sickle disease, and other bleeding disorders such as hemophilia, or cancer One unit of blood can be separated into four major components– plasma, platelets, red blood cells and white blood cells, and this can save up to three lives.
People have various myths about blood donation, which stops them from becoming a voluntary donor. Myths such as— donating blood reduces masculinity in males, it weakens the immune system of women, etc. In general, female blood donors are quite few, as their haemoglobin level is typically low. Also, earlier almost one-third of the blood supply was from paid donors. But since the payment ban, the numbers have dwindled. However, it has prevented unsafe blood donations.
Some common facts to burst the myths or misconceptions about blood donations are mentioned below:
- Age of donor: Any healthy person between the ages of 18-65 can donate blood.
- Medical history: They should be free from all major illnesses, any seasonal infections, and should not be on anti-depressants, blood thinners, or antibiotics.
- Haemoglobin level: The appropriate haemoglobin level is 12.5gm/dl.
- Pregnancy: Pregnant women cannot donate blood.
- Time between donations: For male donors, the duration between two consecutive donations should be at least 12 weeks. For female donors, it is 16 weeks.
- Time taken for a donation: It normally takes less than an hour to donate blood.
- Replenishment of lost blood: A complete recovery after donating blood is attained within 2 days. Drinking a lot of liquids replaces the lost fluids within a few hours. And RBC recovery is completed within a few days, while WBC recovery is completed within 3 weeks.
- Post-donation effects: Donating blood has a very minor physical impact on a healthy person. Any strenuous activity should be avoided for the rest of the day, but the normal routine can be picked up from the next day onwards.
There are several ways in which Healthy Rabbit can help you in this emergency. Some of them are explained below:
- It helps you locate your nearest blood banks.
- It notifies the nearest hospitals and blood banks about your requirement.
- All your records are stored in our Health Management Database, which means no need for repeated tests.
- In case you need fresh blood, it can notify you as well as the authorities about the same and provide you with it.
We, at Healthy Rabbit, urge people to find more about the blood shortage of our country and come forward to help by donating blood and join this noble cause. Also, download the Healthy Rabbit App and make your life easier, as we are the A-Z of Health.