IMA to organize Blood Donation Camps across the country
New Delhi 12 June, 2015: IMA will be organizing a minimum of 30 Blood Donation Camps across the Nation between 14th June - 1st July, 2015. The first blood donation drive will be held on 14th June which is World Blood Donor Day and the last drive on 1st July which is Doctors Day.
Speaking about the initiative, Padma Shri Awardees and National President & Honorary Secretary General of the Indian Medical Association, Dr. A. Marthanda Pillai & Dr K K Aggarwal in a joint statement said, "In addition to the 30 Blood Donation Camps that we will be organizing across the Nation starting on World Blood Donation Day and concluding on Doctor's Day, IMA will also make a directory of people with Rare Blood Groups and initiating a pledge to encourage people to donate blood. Blood donation can help save numerous lives and every healthy adult should be encouraged to donate blood"
IMA will also be sensitizing its 2.5 lacs doctors through 30 State Branches and 1700 Local Branches about how the donated blood should be viewed in light of its components as compared to whole blood. There are four types of transfusable products that can be derived from blood: red cells, platelets, plasma and cryoprecipitate. Typically, two or three of these are produced from a unit of donated whole blood – hence each donation can help save up to three lives.
DO donate blood, only if:
You are between age group of 18-60 years.
Your weight is 45 kgs or more.
Your hemoglobin is 12.5 gm% minimum.
Your last blood donation was 3 or more months earlier.
DO NOT donate blood, if you have have:
Cold / fever in the past 1 week. Under treatment with antibiotics or any other medication. Cardiac problems, hypertension, epilepsy, diabetes (on insulin therapy), history of cancer, chronic kidney or liver disease, bleeding tendencies, venereal disease etc. Major surgery in the last 6 months. Vaccination in the last 24 hours. Had a miscarriage in the last 6 months or have been pregnant / lactating in the last one year. Had fainting attacks during last donation. Have regularly received treatment with blood products. Shared a needle to inject drugs/ have history of drug addiction. Had sexual relations with different partners or with a high risk individual. Been tested positive for antibodies to HIV.