O.Gan­ba­yar: I re­al­ize I’m a valu­able mem­ber of so­ci­ety when do­nat­ing blood

The UB Post - - Front Page - By L.SAIKHANSANAA

More and more young peo­ple are vol­un­tar­ily do­nat­ing their blood to save lives in Mongolia as a re­sult of nu­mer­ous ac­tiv­i­ties aimed to pro­mote the im­por­tance of blood do­na­tions...

More and more young peo­ple are vol­un­tar­ily do­nat­ing their blood to save lives in Mongolia as a re­sult of nu­mer­ous ac­tiv­i­ties aimed to pro­mote the im­por­tance of blood do­na­tions.

A clear ex­am­ple is 22-yearold O.Gan­ba­yar, who be­came the youngest hon­ored blood donor of this year on World Blood Donor Day, marked ev­ery June 14.

O.Gan­ba­yar, who is cur­rently study­ing oral and max­illo­fa­cial surgery in his fourth year at the Mon­go­lian Na­tional Uni­ver­sity of Med­i­cal Sciences, gave an interview to talk about why he do­nates blood.

Con­grat­u­la­tion on be­com­ing the youngest per­son to re­ceive the Hon­ored Blood Donor award. What made you want to do­nate your blood?

Thank you. In 2013, our class­mates were des­ig­nated as res­i­dents at the Third State Cen­tral Hos­pi­tal. Dur­ing my res­i­dency, I re­al­ized how cru­cial it is to re­plen­ish our blood. While do­ing a re­search on he­mo­philia, a ge­netic dis­or­der, I found that pa­tients suf­fer­ing from this dis­ease, es­pe­cially chil­dren, need blood prod­ucts more than any­thing. From then on, I started do­nat­ing my blood as much as I could to sup­port these pa­tients.

What kind of health re­quire­ments do peo­ple have to meet to be­come a donor? How many times have you do­nated your blood?

Any­one be­tween the ages of 17 and 60 who weigh more than 45 kg are al­lowed to do­nate their blood. Those in­ter­ested can fill out an ap­pli­ca­tion form at the Na­tional Blood Cen­ter to do­nate their blood. There are some re­quire­ments such as not be­ing af­fected by any com­mu­ni­ca­ble dis­ease, hav­ing nor­mal blood pres­sure, and not hav­ing bad habits (smok­ing and drugs).

The hon­ored donor ti­tle is given to peo­ple who have do­nated their blood more than 35 times. Men are al­lowed to do­nate blood ev­ery two months, so I ful­filled this re­quire­ment in five years.

Does your fam­ily en­cour­age you to con­tinue to do­nate blood?

I am the youngest in my fam­ily, so my mother has been tak­ing ex­tra care of me ever since I was a baby. Some­times, my mother dis­cour­ages me from do­nat­ing blood be­cause she thinks that it will tire me more with all of my stud­ies. Each time she told me this, I strongly ex­plain to her why I am do­ing this.

Some peo­ple ask that be­ing a blood donor does have any benefits, how much do you earn by do­nat­ing your blood? Do­nat­ing blood is un­con­di­tional sup­port for oth­ers, I feel more valu­able by do­ing this. Be­cause do­nat­ing blood once not only saves three peo­ple’s lives, but also you will save an en­tire fam­ily and give them hap­pi­ness.

Do you pre­pare your­self on the pre­vi­ous day be­fore do­nat­ing your blood?

I sleep more than six hours and ad­just my meals. Be­cause do­nat­ing blood while hav­ing an empty stom­ach is safer as it presents less risks than full.

What is the best thing about be­ing a donor for you?

The most pre­cious thing about be­ing a donor is sav­ing some­one’s life and gives me pride in my­self. We all have a time when we feel use­less in this world or think there is nothing we could do. By do­nat­ing blood, you view your­self as a saver of life and valu­able per­son. Do­nat­ing blood is even ben­e­fi­cial to the donor, be­cause their blood starts re­plen­ish­ing and be­comes less dense than be­fore. Also, blood pres­sure will reduce and you would avoid suf­fer­ing from di­a­betes.

Is it true that hon­ored donor re­ceives in­cen­tive from govern­ment?

It is true. Govern­ment grants donors a free bus cards and we un­dergo treat­ment in san­i­tar­ium once a year. Also, when we are ser­viced by state guild, we re­ceive ex­emp­tion on lin­ing.

You said that you have given 20-liter blood within five years. Have you ever con­fronted any dif­fi­cul­ties in those years?

For peo­ple who gave their blood first time may suf­fer from anx­i­ety. Some peo­ple even faint or get dizzy due to their health con­di­tion at that time. As for me, I have not faced any harsh prob­lems yet. Be­cause most of our blood reg­u­larly runs through the ves­sels, and a lit­tle amount of blood ac­cu­mu­lates in cells. Blood ca­pac­ity re­turns to nor­mal shortly af­ter do­nat­ing blood, so I do not worry about blood de­fi­ciency. I try to cook meals that con­tains more tomatoes. Re­cently, blood pre­serve at the Na­tional Blood Cen­ter has in­creased by 36.1 per­cent, but still pa­tients who are suf­fer­ing from blood dis­eases are fam­ish­ing for blood. I wish ev­ery per­son would start do­nat­ing their blood at least once a year.

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