By Motlagae Konyana
Donating blood is very important and it is a life-saving act for a lot of people who need the blood. Today marks as World Blood Donor Day. There’s a gap between demand of blood versus supply when it comes to blood donation is huge in our country.
It is pivotal to understand and teach that blood cannot be manufactured like most things and that blood is needed for a number of reasons. These include giving birth, people injured in accidents or blood transfusions. This immense requirement can only be fulfilled by voluntary blood donation.
World Blood Donor Day marks the importance of blood donation as a life-saving act. To celebrate the day here are things that you need to know when you want to donate blood:
Not everyone is eligible to donate blood. There are certain requirements that one should meet in order to donate blood because blood is a complex tissue, which is made up of various components like red blood cells, white blood cells, platelets and plasma.
You need to be between the ages of 16 and 75 years old and weigh a minimum of 50 KG (platelets donors need to be a minimum of 55 KG). Your health needs to be in good condition and you need to lead a low-risk lifestyle. Donors need to ensure that they lead a good lifestyle and take care of themselves. Have a balanced meal within four hours of donating blood.
Remember that it saves lives to donate your blood and the blood is always needed in our country to assist the hospitals to manage their day-to day business of saving lives.
To find out more about how you can become a blood donor visit www.sanbs.org.za.