Delhi Lt. Governor urges people to realise value of blood donation

Blood-donation Delhi Lt. Governor Najeeb Jung Tuesday urged people to become aware of diseases like haemophilia and realise the value of blood donation. 'There should be greater awareness generated about haemophilia so that people are aware of bleeding disorders and realise the value of blood banks and particularly of blood donation,' Jung said during his visit to the Lok Nayak Jai Prakash Narayan hospital here.

Jung's visit to inspect the hospital's medical and infrastructural facilities comes ahead of World Haemophilia Day, which is observed April 17. 'More and more people should come forward and donate blood,' he added, urging the hospital, which has one of the largest haemophilia centres in the country, to make up more programmes about health awareness. During his visit, Jung visited the new facilities being developed and gave suggestions to improve them keeping the patients' needs and concerns in mind. (Read: 5 myths on blood donation busted)

He also examined short and long-term measures that need to be undertaken to create LNJP into a model hospital. 'Hospitals are critical for any city, but more so for a city like Delhi which caters to not just the residents of Delhi but to thousands of patients who come from outside Delhi seeking medical help. It becomes all the more necessary for hospitals to be equipped such that they can live up to the growing needs of the patients,' Jung said. (Read: Poor health reduces women blood donors in India)

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What is blood donation?

Blood donation is a process when a person voluntarily has blood drawn, to be used for transfusion or for other medical practices.

There are four main blood types: A, B, AB and O. Type O-negative blood (red cells) can be transfused to patients of all blood types. It is always in great demand and often in short supply. Type AB-positive plasma can be transfused to patients of all other blood types. AB plasma is also usually in short supply.

In developing countries, most blood donors are unpaid volunteers who do so for the good of the community. They may also donate blood for their own future use or to fulfil the deficit created due to the use of previously stored blood.

  • Donating blood is a safe process. A sterile needle is used only once for each donor and then discarded.
  • The actual blood donation typically takes less than 10-12 minutes. The entire process, from the time you arrive to the time you leave, takes about an hour and 15 min.
  • The average adult has about 10 units of blood in his body. Roughly 1 unit(300ml) is given during a donation.
  • All donated blood is tested for HIV, hepatitis B and C, syphilis and other infectious diseases before it can be transfused to patients.
  • In India blood donation is voluntary and unpaid, this is normal in developing countries as demanded by WHO. (Read: Facts you should know about blood donation)

With inputs from IANS

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