Herald: We need some blood, please

We need some blood, please

13 Jun 2019 03:35am IST

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Ajit John

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13 Jun 2019 03:35am IST

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Ajit John

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As the country celebrates World Blood Donor Day, the importance of donating blood has been highlighted by medical professionals who believe the need is continuous and ever ending

It is the liquid of life. It permeates our very being and can mark

our every move. Blood runs through our veins like oxygen through our lungs. Blood can be transferred to another living being to help him or her tide over a medical emergency. It of course should be of the right group. Blood donation drives have been conducted through the ages in times of war and peace. As the country prepares itself to celebrate the World Blood Donor Day on June 14, 2019, such camps will be held all over the country.

A small state like Goa consumes on average around 1,000 units of blood every month. Priyanka Raikar, who has superspecialised in Paediatrics and Neurology, says, “Donating blood is a very move for the body.” According to her, regular blood donation does not only help save lives of others but also improves the quality of life of the donors. They primarily include significant lowering of mean total cholesterol, lowering the risk of heart attacks and heart disease. As per recent studies, it has been noticed that it also helps to reduce the risk of cancer, enhances the production of new blood cells, prevents hemochromatosis, maintains healthy liver and helps in weight loss too.

The ‘Gift an Organ’ initiative of Goa Chapter of Young Indians (Yi) is organising Blood Donation Camps across Goa on the occasion of the World Blood Donor Day which is on June 14, 2019. Yi, an integral part of Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), will conduct the Blood Donation Camps at Vision Hospital (Mapusa) on June 13, Manipal Hospital (Dona Paula) on June 14 and Hospicio Hospital (Margao) on June 15 from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm in collaboration with Goa Medical College, Asilo, Hospicio and Manipal Hospital blood donation team. The Indian Navy shall also be a key partner in this noble cause and shall conduct a blood donation camp at the INHS Jeevanthi and contribute blood to the Blood Bank at GMC.

Priyanka says she expects around 300-400 donors over the three-day exercise. The armed forces had guaranteed 150 on the first day. She says that the entire exercise will last around 20 minutes at the most.

The blood, she informs, will be stored at the GMC. It is a noble cause and she hopes the people of Goa will respond in large numbers.

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