World Blood Donor Day: “Give Blood And Make The World A Healthier Place”

15 June 2020
2020-06-15 11:36

A ceremony to commemorate the World Blood Donor Day 2020 was held at National Blood Center in Yangon on 14th June.

The Day aims to celebrate and thank individuals who donated blood and encourage more people to start donating and raise awareness on the importance of safe blood for the patients.

In-Charge, National Blood Center, Dr. Thidar Aung said “There are three types of donors in the center- voluntary, replacement and paid donor. Whatever, all donors donate their blood with goodwill and I really appreciate it. But, voluntary donation is more important and effective for the medical field. So, the ceremony is to celebrate the blood donors and promote the voluntary donation across the country.”

The National Blood Center is currently supplying enough safe blood for 14 hospitals in Yangon Region. Although, over 100,000 units of blood were donated by volunteers at Yangon National Blood Center in 2019, the rate of donation is on the decrease during the year of 2020 because of the coronavirus outbreak.

At the ceremony, certificates of honor were presented to the volunteers between aged 25 and 27 for donating blood for over 18 times in a row.

Blood Donor, Khin Kyi Sin Linn said “I am 26 years old and I have donated the blood about 21 times. I started to donate my blood since I was 18 years old. I feel very happy and proud of blood donation to save other lives. I donate blood every 4 months. “

Blood Donor, Aung Si Win said “I have donated blood before 18 years. The reason why I donated blood is that 1 unit of blood can save other lives. It is not like other donations. I have donated about 21 times and I have plans to do more.”

Every person who are in good health, weight at least 110 pounds and 18 years or above can donate blood. Preventive measures like social distancing and disinfectant spraying are arranged for the donors to prevent COVID-19 during this period. 

The World Donor Day 2020 is held around the world under the theme “Give blood and make the world a healthier place” and the commemoration day will be held at National Blood Center in Yangon for 5 days, it’s learnt.

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