National Voluntary Blood Donation Day

National Voluntary Blood Donation Day in India is celebrated every year on 1 October to share the need and importance of blood in the life of an individual. It was first celebrated in the year 1975 by the Indian Society of Blood Transfusion and Immunohaematology on 1 October. The Indian Society of Blood Transfusion and Immunohaematology was established on 22 October 1971 by Dr. J. G. Jolly and Mrs. K. Swaroop was led by Chrisen.

National Voluntary Blood Donation Day 2021

National Voluntary Blood Donation Day will be celebrated on Friday, 1 October 2021.

Objective of National Voluntary Blood Donation Day

  • To make all the people across the country aware about the importance of voluntary blood donation.
  • To successfully achieve the goal of voluntary blood donation to meet the urgent need of needy patients.
  • Collection of blood in the blood bank for any urgent and urgent need.
  • Encouraging blood donors through many thanks and giving importance to their self esteem.
  • To motivate and encourage those people who are not taking interest in donating blood even after being healthy.
  • To encourage those people to donate blood voluntarily who donate blood only to their friends and relatives.

Donating blood or its components to a needy person has become a very important part of humanity in the modern health care system. It does not matter who is the donor and who is the recipient of blood, in future it is also possible that the donor may become the recipient of blood and in the coming time the recipient of blood may become a healthy donor. That is why donating blood without any desire is a great and important part of humanity in the process of saving lives. Don’t donate blood only to your friends and relatives, but voluntary blood donation is the real humanity for any human being because it can save many lives.

At the time of blood transfusion, each unit of blood collected should be carefully examined (through advanced testing techniques such as nucleic acid testing) for life-threatening diseases such as AIDS, syphilis, hepatitis-B, to protect against diseases through blood transfusion. It becomes very essential to protect against Hepatitis-C, Malaria and many other diseases. Voluntary blood donors should be encouraged for blood donation because the blood of voluntary blood donors is safer than those who donate blood for professional or salary. Voluntary blood donors never lie and agree to get their blood tested with advanced technology because they really want to save someone’s precious life.

On the occasion of National Voluntary Blood Donation Day, various types of awareness programmes, camps and supplementary promotional activities are organized in all the states to make people aware about blood donation. As per the Drugs and Cosmetics Act 1940 there are various criteria for blood donors. The age of the donor should be between 18-60, weight should be at least 45 or more, pulse rate range 60 to 100/min, BP. Normal, Hb 12.5gm/100ml and body temperature should not exceed 37.5 degree centigrade.

Importance of National Voluntary Blood Donation Day

Blood is a very important element in human life as it provides vital nutrition for the tissues and organs of the body. National Voluntary Blood Donation Day is celebrated to bring great change in the society, to follow life saving measures and to overcome serious illness, child birth related complications, road traffic accidents and many contingencies due to violence and injury.

Safe blood donation every year saves lives of people of all ages and levels. The states of Tripura, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal and Maharashtra are considered at the national level as voluntary blood donors. Tripura, a north eastern state in the country, is considered to have the highest level as a voluntary blood donor in India with 93%, as well as the lowest level in the country.

It is very necessary to celebrate this day on a great level to remove the ignorance, fear and misconceptions of the general public about the voluntary blood donation campaign. Voluntary organizations are paying their valuable time and using their resources to encourage the students/youth of the country, colleges, institutions, clubs or NGOs etc.