National Voluntary Blood Donation Day was celebrated on 1 October 2014 across the country. The day is celebrated every year to share the need and importance of the blood in the life of an individual.
To make the people aware towards the blood donation, a variety of events, awareness programmes, camps and supplementary promotional activities were organized in all states on the National Voluntary Blood Donation Day.
On this occasion, Union Health Minister Dr Hrash Vardhan:
- Felicitated Gabruddin, a resident of Sonepat and a senior citizen who has donated blood 157 times.
- Officially inaugurated an E-Registry for Voluntary Blood Donors which has been developed with support from the Department of Electronics and Information Technology. The registry works through a simple procedure of registering oneself online even on a smart phone. Dr Harsh Vardhan became the first person to register
- Released a NACO-NBTC document Training Module for Blood Bank Medical Officers and Laboratory Technicians. It lays out uniform standards for training blood bank staff in Transfusion Medicine.
- Released a report, Rapid Situation Assessment of Blood Transfusion Services in India. The report has been published by NACO in collaboration with the United States Centre for Disease Control and Christian Medical Association of India
About the National Voluntary Blood Donation Day
The day was first celebrated in the year 1975 by the Indian Society of Blood Transfusion and Immunohaematology.
The day is celebrated with following objectives:
- To make aware the people all over the country about the importance of the voluntary blood donation
- To successfully achieve the target of Voluntary Blood Donation to fulfill the urgent need of the needy patients
- To store the blood in stock in blood banks for any urgent and serious requirement
- To promote and emphasize the self esteem of blood donors through a lot of thanks
- To motivate and encourage people who are not interested in donating blood even being a healthy person
- To stimulate people to donate blood voluntarily who are interested in donating blood only to their relatives or friends
Who can donate the blood?
There are various criteria laid down for the blood donors under the Drugs and Cosmetics Act 1940. The age of blood donors should be between 18 – 60 years, weight 45 kg or above, pulse rate range 60 to 100/ minute, BP normal, Hb 12.5gm/100ml and body temperature should not exceeds 37.5 degree centigrade.