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Blood Donation Benefits Receptors, Donors

BySofía Garduño |Wed, 06/08/2022 - 16:33

The Health Commission of the Chamber of Deputies held a forum to raise awareness on the importance of voluntary blood donation. The Ministry of Health is urging people to donate blood, which cannot be effectively substituted by medical drugs.

 

“In 2020, the population donated over 1.2 million units of blood, 8.5 percent of the donations were voluntary and altruistic. This is an unprecedented number in the last 20 years, even when the country was facing the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Jorge Trejo, Director, National Center of Blood Transfusion, during the forum.

 

In Mexico, only 1.2 percent of those eligible donate. A large number of donations only take place after hospitals request a patient’s loved ones to donate to “replace” the blood used after a major surgery. Voluntary donation is of major importance because it guarantees supply and access to a safe transfusion. “We want a history of voluntary donation, where the blood is waiting for the patient and not the other way around,” said Trejo.

 

If there is no system of regular voluntary unpaid blood donation, the country cannot provide enough blood for all the patients in need, according to WHO. Recurrent donors are the safest group as they have the lowest prevalence of infections, said the organization. Donors are urged to do so regularly as donated blood only lasts 42 days, as reported by the Australian Red Cross.

 

Patients who are more likely to benefit from a blood transfusion are pregnant women who suffer from hemorrhages, oncological patients and those involved in accidents or complex surgeries. Those who donate blood can benefit from this activity because they get a medical checkup. Their blood flow also improves and they reduce their risk of suffering cardiovascular accidents and heart attacks, as reported by the ABC Medical Center.

 

Each blood donation can benefit three different people, according to IMSS. The main reason Mexicans cite to not donate is the lack of time and information, according to a report by data analysis firm Gabinete. Those who have never donated blood also say they have not been asked or cite a condition that forbids them from donating. Gabinete reports that 83 percent of those interviewed did not know about the existence of the World Blood Donor Day (WBDD), which is observed each June 14. This year, the WHO chose Mexico to host the 2022 edition of the WBDD.

The data used in this article was sourced from:  
Ministry of Health, WHO, IMSS, Gabinete, ABC Medical Center
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