Ankita Jaswal

 Editorial Writer

Born and brought up in Chandigarh, Ankita is currently pursuing her B.COM degree from GGDSD collge. She aspire to be a CA and wants to contribute effortlessly towards the welfare of people.

“Blood donation will cost you nothing but will save a life.” It is one of the greatest ways to help the mankind, to save someone’s life. It’s only humans who are capable of helping every other form of life- plants, animals and also other humans. So, human life should be used to enlighten other’s lives. And there are a number of ways one can do that. Humans can help others with money. But even if you are not so affluent, you cannot miss a chance for spreading the happiness around- you can always donate blood.

“I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears and sweat”, said Winston Churchill. We can easily save someone’s life by donating blood. Your blood is replacable but a life is not. We never realise the importance of blood donation unless we see any of our associate near to death or dying due to blood shortage. So, it is better that we do whatever is in our hands so that nobody dies atleast due to the shortage of blood.

Blood donation is also healthy for our body because it makes our blood less viscose which helps in combating cardiovascular and other diseases. It also improves our emotional well being and reduces stress. It also includes a health checkup which includes checking our pulse, blood pressure, body temperature and haemoglobin levels. Our blood is also tested for several diseases which include Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C, HIV etc. Hence, blood donation is also beneficial for the donor as it helps to diagnose illness, if any. “There is no exercise better for the heart than reaching down & lifting people up”, said John Holmes.

If you ever think you don’t have much to offer ,take a deep breath and think- You have the most precious resource- the ability to save a life by donating blood which can help a life to bloom. It just takes a few minutes and you create an ocean of happiness. It keeps the humanity alive even in the era of selfishness.

The blood donor of today may be a recipient of tomorrow. Nobody knows what will happen the next moment, when we’ll be in the need of blood, when we’ll be struggling somewhere between life and death. At that time, if someone comes and enlighten our lives, there will be nobody divine like him. The ‘good’ done to others always comes back to us in unexpected forms. This is the law of Karma. The one who helps others is always helped by God. God never leaves the fingers of his helpful and obliging children.

To raise the awareness for blood donation, ‘World Blood Donation’ day is observed on 14th June every year. It is one of the campaigns marked by World Health Organization (WHO). It emphasizes on the necessity of blood for planned treatments and the urgent interventions. It is important to breakdown all the myths related to blood donation among people- it will hurt, it takes a long time, blood can be stored forever or we can’t donate if we’ve travelled or we have tattoos or piercings. But none of this is true. Donating blood does not hurt and it takes only 8-10 minutes. Different components of blood have different shelf lives. We can donate even after traveling provided one year has passed after that.

So, one should come forward for donating blood if he is above 18 years of age because there is a hope of life to someone in your blood donation.

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