“The situation has, in fact, reached a critical level in KwaZulu-Natal and we appeal to all South Africans – active donors, lapsed donors and potential donors – to go to their local donor centre and donate blood to bolster the national blood stock” (read more at News24)
“This is a usual problem we face every Dashain, Tihar and Chhath. We appeal to all organisations and volunteers to donate blood.” (Read more at The Himalayan Times)
According to the latest figures from the Health Science Authority (HSA), demand for blood has increased 17%, or 111,633 units of blood, in the five years between 2016 and 2011. The amount of blood collected however only increased 10%, 115,976 units, in the same period – similar to the population growth where the population in 2011 then was 5.18 million, and jumped 10% to 5.7 million population today.
Source: ST Review
If you wait until World Blood Donor Day to donate your blood, blood stock will shortfall against demand before the World Blood Donor Day because many others are doing so.
Donated blood expires after a month or so (depending on which country you are in).
If you donate on World Blood Donor Day, it is higher chance your blood expires before given to anyone because many others are donating blood on the same day.
Just make an online booking on World Blood Donor Day and consider you participated in it. That should be the new tradition of digital era.
Find out which country has on-line booking system HERE.
Let’s hear what WHO says about it HERE!
We have not witnessed such blood shortage in the last three decades.
Source: Orissa POST
Against the daily supply of 50 to 60 units till a week ago, the IHBT Department is able to supply about 20 units for emergency cases only. Of the 11 employees at the department, six are on strike. “The Department of IHBT was forced to cancel two blood donation camps because of the shortage of staff,” said Dr RN Maharishi, head of the department.
Source: The Tribune
Many netizens questioned why Hong Kong’s blood inventories were running out so fast and whether the blood was for Hong Kong people or for mainland Chinese.
The service needs to collect about 1,100 bags of blood daily to supply roughly 800 bags to the city’s hospitals. Just before the recent string of public holidays, it was collecting as few as 600 to 700 a day.
Source: South China Morning Post