On the occasion of World Blood Donor Day (June 14), noted Singer Soumita Saha has volunteered for the initiative to raise awareness about Blood Donation across the country. In this campaign, she requests everyone to donate blood at least once a year.
Soumita, who rose to prominence with her International Debut song Ishq says that “In the era of Social network fame when being a blood donor via Facebook has become a trend, I would rather prefer to be the old school and believe in blood donation in real. We might be oblivious to the fact that every two seconds, one unit of blood is required by people around the world. Be there for someone else. Give blood. Share life”.
World Blood Donor Day is one of eight official global public health campaigns marked by the World Health Organization (WHO). The theme for this year’s World Blood Donor day is “Every few seconds someone, somewhere needs blood. Be there for someone else. Give blood. Share life.” which focuses on blood donation in emergency situations. The World Health Organization chose the this theme out of solidarity to highlight the fundamental values of altruism, respect, empathy and kindness which underline and sustain voluntary unpaid blood donation systems. The goal is to draw attention to the roles that voluntary donation systems play in encouraging people to care for one another and generate social ties and a united community.
The young songbird says that, “Blood is the most precious gift that someone can offer. A decision to donate your blood can save several lives. Just 20 minutes of your time and 250 ml blood can make a notable difference in someone’s life. If you are a blood donor, you are actually a hero to the person whose life you saved”.
There is constant need of regular blood supply around the World because the blood can be stored only for a limited time. Blood transfusion is an essential component of emergency health care. Emergencies increase the demand for blood transfusion and make its delivery challenging and complex. Adequate supply of blood during emergencies requires a well-organized blood service, and this can only be ensured by engaging the entire community and a blood donor population committed to voluntary unpaid blood donation throughout the year.
Regular blood donation by sufficient number of healthy donors is required to ensure sufficient supply blood 24×7. Women with complications of pregnancy such as ectopic pregnancies and hemorrhage during child birth have immense need of blood. Even in cases of severe accidents people face instances of desperately requiring blood in order to save patient’s life.