Over the past few days, there have been more and more violence, carnage and death recorded all across Nigeria. The cause of these wanton destruction of life and properties ranges from domestic violence, road traffic accidents, occupational accidents and terrorist attacks especially from the dreaded Boko Haram.
But the underlying factor of all this set backs is the fact that victims/patients from the scene of these problems may require blood. Human blood is needed to save the lives of these ones.
Before you take any step towards donating blood for the care of a patient, whether that patient is your family or jot, you must know these basics, to avoid causing harm to yourself or even to the recipient.
These are the things you should know as a blood donor;
- Donating of Blood is a life saver, because blood is life. You must be ready to volunteer as a blood donor. No financial inducement should be sought by you from the management of that Blood donating facility.
- You should know that your blood would be collected and screened for the presence of some transfusion transmissible disease conditions, like HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis, Syphilis etc. The aim of the screening is to make sure you are fit and to protect the recipient.
- You must be ready to subject yourself to a full physical examination by a qualified personnel, most likely a doctor.
- After donating blood, you would be kept for another 10 to 15 minutes for close observation.
- You are to avoid getting dehydrated by avoiding strenuous exercise, taking alcohol, a few hours after you have donated blood.
- The health benefit of blood donation is that it is reported to reduce the incidence of heart diseases, especially in men. In other studies, repeated blood donation have been demonstrated to reduce blood pressure, blood glucose level, low density lipoprotein etc.
- Other things I think you should know is that after the blood donation process, some people feel dizzy and tired. This is normal and there may be no need to panic. The personnel with you will direct you on the next thing to do because it is usually facility specific.
you should also know that the size of the needle is a little bigger than conventional injection needle. Remain calm, the pain is only for a few second.
- Another important thing you should know is that you are never to donate blood more than 3 times every year. Pregnant women in their late trimester are also discouraged. Also elder individuals, chronically ill persons are not to donate blood.
Blood donation is a humanitarian service that every body should have done. The safest blood donors are volunteer, unpaid donors. You are encourage to go to the nearest hospital facility or blood bank and present yourself for this charitable work. The The National Blood Transfusion Service coordinates all efforts at blood donation and blood transfusion.
Let us save a life today, by giving blood which is life!!!