PALAMAU: Blood is an essential building block of human life. Today, millions of people around the world rely on donated blood to stay alive. But the amount of blood donated every year falls far short of what is actually needed.
India alone falls short of three million units of its annual need of 12 million units a year, according to a World Health Organisation (WHO) report.
Adarsh Pandey (29), has been donating blood since 2010 saved lot of lives in the city. He never hesitates to donate his blood to other at time of need regardless of one’s affiliations to caste, creed, and religion.
Adarsh, preparing for Civil Services exam, is of the opinion that “if single drop of blood is used to save someone lives, I will be more than happy. Nothing more important than saving human’s lives and to do that I can go at any extent. Till now I have donated my bloods 25 times”, he added’
He advocated to have more blood donation activities to be organized so that maximum participations can be brought in. it can be a game changer in eliminating one’s suspicion about the blood donation in the society. As society still fears while donating their blood samples to other.
Country has already shortage of actual blood – while, in India about 5%, 1.3% and 0.26% of the population is infected with Hepatitis B (HBV), Hepatitis C (HCV) and HIV, respectively. With the help of blood tests such as NAT Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR), one can detect infection in donated blood early which enhances blood safety. Hence, the entire process helps in finding previously unknown health problems, Adarsh emphasizes.