What You Should Know About Blood Donation

Rahama Obadak
Marketing & Comms, Flexisaf

Did you know that it is not yet possible to manufacture blood artificially, and as such, everyone who needs blood must get it from another person? This simply means that blood can only be sourced from one person to another.

Due to this factor, it becomes important that blood must always be readily available for those in need at the right time and the only way to make that possible is through voluntary blood donation from people like you and me.

Voluntary blood donation is the only sure way any country can sustain it's blood bank requirements yearly.

To this end, it becomes paramount that everyone at least understands how to donate blood to help save others. Voluntary Blood Donation is an act of humanity that everyone who is able to should partake in - you save a life when you donate blood!!

An average, healthy adult has about 10 pints of blood in their body. When you donate, you simply give out one pint of blood to a person in need. Within 24 hours, your body begins to create new red blood cells to replace the ones you gave out. In less than 8 weeks, your blood levels should have completely returned to normal and in 3 months, you can donate again.

Donating blood is a small way of saving the life of someone who is in dire need. It could be a woman in labor, a sick person, an accident victim, a patient in surgery or anyone else. Imagine the joy you are putting in a life simply by giving. Imagine how many people get to walk out of hospitals hale and hearty because someone has gone out of their way to donate. To save their lives.

Donating blood regularly has also been linked in some places to long life, and to prevention of cancer.

If you are interested in making a difference, then Blood Donation is one of the best and cheapest ways you can help save a life. Every country needs 1% of its population to regularly donate blood. Become part of that one percent to help your country. Remember: Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country.

It's super Easy: Just Visit the hospital closest to you and ask to donate. Of course, first you should be sure you're free from any medical condition that will affect your health or that of the recipient if you donate. You can also play your part by enlightening more people around you on the need to donate. Simply sharing the information with family and friends can save them one day, because who knows when anyone might need blood?

Fact: Did you know that 1 of every 3 pregnant woman in Nigeria die in child birth due to shortage of blood?

Imagine how you can help change those statistics, just by donating or talking about it. In the end, it doesn't only matter our beliefs, but how we are able to help those around us.