Bhutan joined world blood do­na­tion day

Bhutan Times - - Home - Do­nat­ing blood to achieve 100 per­cent vol­un­tary and un­paid blood do­na­tions by 2020 Sonam Pen­jor

Aday to fo­cus on the value of do­nated blood to the end­less pa­tients, not only in sav­ing lives, but also in help­ing peo­ple live longer and lead a more pro­duc­tive life, Bhutan joined world blood donor day which was spon­sored by Bank of Bhutan last Wed­nes­day.

Dur­ing the day, Health Min­is­ter, Ly­onpo Tandin Wangchuk said that, Bhutan is cel­e­brat­ing the day with the goal to pro­mote and to ob­tain 100 per­cent blood sup­plies from vol­un­tary un­paid donors by 2020.

Ly­onpo said that Bhutan has cur­rently achieved 77 per­cent blood do­na­tions from the vol­un­tary non-re­mu­ner­ated blood donors. “Bhutan re­mains com­mit­ted in reach­ing 100 per­cent vol­un­tary non-re­mu­ner­ated blood donors by 2020.”

Bhutan has seen an in­crease in the re­quire­ment of blood due to the in­crease in chronic non­com­mu­ni­ca­ble dis­eases such as can­cer, kid­ney and liver dis­eases but Ly­onpo Tandin Wangchuk also said that Bhutan is al­ready ex­pe­ri­enc­ing an in­crease in the road traf­fic ac­ci­dent emer­gen­cies.

The con­tin­ued de­mand of blood in con­di­tions like preg­nancy and child birth-re­lated com­pli­ca­tions add to this bur­den, said the Ly­onpo.

Ly­onpo fur­ther said that reg­u­lar vol­un­tary blood donors are the safest source of blood, as there is fewer blood born in­fec­tions among these donors than among peo­ple who donate for fam­ily mem­bers/friends in emer­gen­cies. “Blood col­lec­tion from vol­un­tary non-re­mu­ner­ated blood donors is the cor­ner­stone of a safe and suf­fi­cient blood sup­ply.”

Ly­onpo said that coun­try be­ing lo­cated in the frag­ile young Hi­malayan range is at risk of nat­u­ral hazards such as earth­quake, wind-storm, for­est fire, landslide, flash­flood, glacial lake out­burst flood caus­ing threat to the lives and prop­erty.

An emer­gency plan for blood trans­fu­sion needs to be in place. “Ev­ery sin­gle per­son can help oth­ers in emer­gency sit­u­a­tions, by giv­ing the valu­able gifts of blood. There­fore, it’s im­por­tant to give blood reg­u­larly, so that the blood stock is suf­fi­cient be­fore an emer­gency arises,” said the Ly­onpo.

Ac­cord­ing to the World Health Or­ga­ni­za­tion (WHO), 62 of the 194 mem­ber states col­lect 100 per­cent of their blood sup­ply from vol­un­tary non-re­mu­ner­ated blood donors.

A mes­sage from the Re­gional Di­rec­tor for WHO South-East Asia Re­gion, Dr. Poonam Khetra­pal Singh stated that the need for blood is universal, mil­lions of pa­tients re­quir­ing trans­fu­sion do not have timely ac­cess to safe blood and there is a ma­jor im­bal­ance be­tween de­vel­op­ing coun­tries in ac­cess to safe blood.

In her mes­sage, she said that to­day, around 15.9 mil­lion units of blood are col­lected an­nu­ally against the es­ti­mated re­quire­ment of 18 mil­lion units an­nu­ally in the WHO South-East Asia Re­gion.

She added that of these, around 82 per­cent of do­nated blood is ob­tained from vol­un­tary non-re­mu­ner­ated donors.

The ul­ti­mate goal is for ev­ery mem­ber state is to achieve 100 per­cent vol­un­tary and un­paid blood do­na­tions by 2020, she added.

Mean­while, dur­ing the day, 16 donors who had do­nated more than 15 times re­ceived cer­tifi­cates for ap­pre­ci­a­tion were awarded by the Health Min­is­ter.

Nima 43 years old, who do­nated since 1994 said that he do­nates blood for the ben­e­fit of oth­ers who re­ally needs blood. He added that in the time of emer­gen­cies, it’s very dif­fi­cult for them to get blood. So, if we donate then it will be ac­ces­si­ble to get for the needy peo­ple.

Mean­while, 180 vol­un­teers came for blood do­na­tion. How­ever, be­cause of low blood pres­sure and less he­mo­glo­bin counts, only 109 could donate the blood. And same cam­paigns were also con­ducted in Kan­glung, Tsir­ang and Phuentshol­ing.

Her Royal High­ness Ashi Ke­sang Wangmo Wangchuck also do­nated blood dur­ing the world blood donor day. This year the theme of the day is “Don’t wait un­til the dis­as­ter strikes. What can you do? Give Blood, Give Now, Give Of­ten.”

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