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Health Benefits of Being a Blood Donor!

Written By OLUSEYE AJAYI on Tuesday, October 2, 2012 | 3:49 AM

Blood transfusion is an indispensable component of health care. It contributes to saving millions of lives each year in both routine and emergency situations, permits increasingly complex medical and surgical interventions and dramatically improves the life expectancy and quality of life of patients with a variety of acute and chronic conditions.

Patients who require transfusion as partof their clinical management have the right to expect that sufficient blood will be available to meet their needs and to receive the safest blood possible.

WHO advocates and recommends to its Member States to develop national  blood transfusion services based on voluntary non remunerated regular blood donation in accordance with World Health Assembly resolution 28.72 which was adopted in 1975.

Benefits for the Donor:

(i) Having an exalted feeling of saving someone's life.

(ii) Benefit from health education and encouragement to maintain healthy lifestyles free of serious infections including HIV, Hep.B, Hep.C, Malaria and Syphilis.

(iii) Free medical check up for Blood Pressure, Body Weight, Hemoglobin etc as well as referral for medical care, if needed.

(iv) Status of Transfusion Transmitted Infections - TTIs (HIV, Hep B, Hep C, Malaria, Syphilis) are tested free of cost as testing of all donated blood units for the 5TTIs are mandatory.

(v) Regular blood donation helps to alleviate certain health problems like heart diseases and cancer.

Blood donation is an excellent way to get rid of excess iron accumulated in our body due to its overconsumption.

Excess iron in the body can stimulate the formation of free radicals, which are responsible for causing damage to body cells and tissues.

Free radicals are also associated with many diseases like heart diseases and cancer.

(vi) Blood donation also burns the extra calories and reduces one's cholesterol level.

(vii) After donating blood, it stimulates the production of new blood cells and refreshes the system.

Friend's donate blood voluntary today and help some one live longer!
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