Importance of Blood Donation during COVID-19 Pandemic: World Blood Donor Day 2021
World Blood Donor Day is observed every year on June 14 by the World Health Organization (WHO). The purpose of the event is to raise global awareness about the importance of transfusion-safe blood and blood products. On this day, the international health community joins forces to remind the general public of the critical role that unpaid, voluntary blood donors play in their own health systems.
In the aftermath of the coronavirus outbreak, the need for blood donation has been emphasized once more. Throughout the pandemic, blood donors in various countries, particularly India, have continued to donate blood and plasma to patients who require transfusions despite limited mobility and other issues.
After The Lancet published the results of the RECOVERY clinical study, the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) and the Union health ministry removed the use of convalescent plasma for Covid-19 from their clinical treatment protocols last month.After 28 days, blood infusions of plasma with a higher quantity of antibodies failed to improve the recipient’s odds of life, according to the medical publication.
Patients with other life-threatening medical illnesses, such as thalassemia, anaemia, and blood cancers, require this important medical treatment at a time when hospital infrastructure is swamped with Covid cases. Because postpartum hemorrhage is one of the most common preventable causes of maternal death, blood shortages also impact women during childbirth.
As a result, the WHO has coined the slogan “Give blood, keep the world-beating” to commemorate the amazing service provided by blood donors all across the world. This critical endeavor during a medical emergency emphasizes the critical significance of well-organized, dedicated voluntary, non-remunerated blood donors in guaranteeing a safe and sufficient blood supply during normal circumstances.