The city beautiful Chandigarh has the highest rate of Voluntary Blood Donors in the country. Not only this the city has witnessed a further increase in voluntary donors from 87% in 2013 to 93% till May this year.
As per the data of Chandigarh State Aids Control Society(SACS), the total collection of the blood in 2016-17 was 94,667 units. One unit of blood can save three lives at a time. As per the World Health Organisation, 1 % of the population donating blood is sufficient to meet the requirements. According to the sources, the project director, Chandigarh SACS shared that the city meet those standards as our voluntary donations are more than the national average of 80%. There are many camps from where they collect blood and most of the donors are college and school students.
Also, all the blood banks including at PGIMER, Government Medical College and Hospital, Rotary blood bank have component separator facilities. One of the doctors shared that soon the Government Multi Specialty Hospital (GMSH) in Sector 16 will also have this separator that allows separation of blood components like plasma, platelets and red blood cells from the blood. Though the collection of blood has increased over the years from 71,597 units in 2013 to 86,144 in 2017, myths and fears still exist when it comes to donating blood. The department of blood transfusion, PGIMER shared that they had done a survey in their blood bank on what prevents people from donating blood and found that one of the main reasons was fear of needles. Many felt that blood donation leads to weakness.
So, many wants to know what are the basic health requirements to become a blood donor? The doctor shared that the hemoglobin level in women must not be less than 12 and for men it should not be below 14.
The WHO recognizes that world over collection of blood from regular voluntary blood donors should constitute the main source of blood supply.