Donating blood saves lives: WHO
EVERY few seconds, someone somewhere needs a blood transfusion, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO).
Papua New Guinea will join the international community in thanking voluntary, unpaid blood donors for their life saving gifts of blood on Sunday when “World Blood Donor Day” is celebrated.
This year’s theme is “Safe Blood Saves Lives” with the slogan “Give blood and make the world a healthier place”.
WHO country representative Dr Luo Dapeng and UN resident coordinator Gianluca Rampolla visited the Sir Brian Bell Centre for transfusion medicine blood bank to donate blood yesterday to raise awareness on the need for regular blood donations.
According to the blood bank, the procedure of blood donation takes less than 10 minutes.
A donor’s weight, blood pressure and haemoglobin (HB) level are checked during the screening process.
Those intending to donate blood are advised to eat healthy meals and avoid fatty foods such as hamburgers, fries or ice cream because fatty food affects the tests conducted on the blood.
If there is too much fat in your blood, your donation cannot be tested for infections and the blood will not be used for transfusion;
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