Blood, as we know is not something that can be manufactured in a factory, which is why, there is immense value placed on it as it could be a matter of life and death in most cases. 12 million people need blood every year in India for various reasons. Doctors stress on the fact that having ample blood supply on hand helps when patients come in with severe injuries from unforeseen accidents. Apart from these emergencies, blood transfusion also ends up saving millions of people who are affected by blood-related diseases. Unfortunately, the health care centres are unable to collect the required amount of blood. In 2016, the number of units collected was just 10.2 million, which makes for an obvious gap in the demand and supply. All these things lead to one thing : a healthy individual should donate blood as often as possible and not just in times of emergencies. However, if you’re looking to donate blood, or your medical condition requires you to get blood transfusions, you should keep few things in mind.
1. Is your medical centre reliable?
Your blood is valuable. Unfortunately, due to a scarcity in the market for blood, sketchy and unethical medical clinics often resort to smuggling blood in the black market and selling blood units for exorbitant amounts of money to people in need. Not only is this illegal, but there is an entire system that operates this scam around the world, especially in densely populated countries like India, where poverty is easy to come by, but blood isn’t. People looking to make easy money often sell their blood for a price which is illegal. Do a background check on the medical facility you choose to donate, or receive healthcare at. Check for their licenses and look them up online for more references if you haven’t heard of the centre before.
2. Do You Know your medical history?
Whether you’re donating blood or receiving blood, regular health checkups and blood tests ensure you are aware of any contagious diseases you may have and are in the right health to donate blood. This helps especially when you’re in an emergency situation when you need to donate or receive blood. Basic information like any diseases you may be harbouring or even your blood type can come in handy and end up saving a life if you have presence of mind. Know basic information about your health concerns, blood type, if you’re eligible to donate etc.
3. Do you check for fresh needles?
This is the most common tip yet is overlooked so many times. When ever you go into a medical centre and anything invasive is being done to you – this could include drawing up blood for a test, receiving blood or donating blood, each of these activities comes with the danger of you getting into contact with a used needle that may be laced with another person’s blood. In unfortunate cases, people have ended up contracting life threatening ailments like HIV/AIDS for no fault of theirs – just by receiving blood transfusions. While anybody can be blamed for this, for not conducting basic tests on the blood donated, one must always be vigilant and protect oneself from any possible infections or dangers.
Donating blood is an at of courage – you get to spend just 15 minutes of your time, and end up saving multiple lives. So, be vigilant while donating blood, and do it as frequently as possible. It makes a positive difference to your mental and physical well-being as well. If you’re looking for reliable medical care centres around you where you can go in for a transfusion, or donate blood at a reliable health care centre, simply join us on the SAHAVE app. We already have 2,50,000 well-meaning and trustworthy group of blood donors who are donating blood even as you’re reading this. Donate blood and save lives with SAHAVE.