'Blood donation enhances production of red blood cells'

'Blood donation enhances production of red blood cells'

Donating blood helps in the growth of an individal, said District surgeon Dr Muthappa.
Speaking at world blood donors day organised by the district health and family welfare department, Rotary Misti Hills, district Aids Control Society, Blood Bank held at Rotary Hall in Madikeri on Friday, he said there was no  substitute for blood. Only blood can replace blood.

Madikeri district hospital blood bank officer Dr Shanthi Jyothi said any healthy individual between the age group of 18 and 60 can donate blood. Men can donate blood once in three months and women can donate blood once in four months. The donors should be above 45 kg. The donor's body replenishes the fluid lost from donation within 24 hours.
Blood donation checks heart attacks and enhances production of red blood cells. District health and family welfare officer Dr H S Shivakumar, Rotary Misti Hills President D M Tilak spoke.

Blood donors N J Vinu and P L Ponnappa were felicitated. In an elocution competition on the need for blood donation, Pavan Kumar won first place, Kavya (II) and Nithya (III). About 25 volunteers donated their blood.

Chikmagalur

The district requires 4,000 to 5,000 units of blood per year, said district blood bank doctor Shivadath.

He was speaking to mediapersons on the sidelines of Blood Donation Day programme at the district hospital in Chikmagalur on Friday. About 3,000 units of blood has been given to the needy this year. Over 8,000 people have donated blood voluntarily and the collected blood has be utilised within 35 days of collection. If the blood collection in the district reaches 5,000 units, a proposal can be sent for setting up of a component separation cell for separating red blood, plasma and platelets.

Stressing on the need for blood donation, he said the health department has organised several awareness programmes in schools and colleges to motivate students to voluntarily come forward to donate blood.

The students too are showing enthusiasm for blood donation through formation of youth red cross and red ribbon clubs. 101 units of blood was collected in the blood donation camp organised by Aldur Lions Club.

Five blood donors who have donated blood highest number of times during last two years and five organisations were felicitated on the occasion. As many as 15 members donated blood on the occasion.

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