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Also, another major reason for the dip in blood donors is that people are unaware and still believe in myths attached to blood donation.

The Phoenix Red Cross is urging people to donate blood as there tends to be a drop in donations over the summer.

World Blood Donor Day was Wednesday and it is a day to celebrate those who donate blood.

Blood is routinely transfused to patients with cancer and other diseases, premature babies, organ transplant recipients and trauma victims, according to the Red Cross. "It's that we always need that blood on the shelf because you never know what could happen or when tragedy could strike", says, Ashley Morgan, Donor Relations Consultant for Community Blood Services of IIlinois.

New and existing donors can make an appointment to donate on 131495 or at

The WBDD was celebrated on the theme "give blood, give now and give often". Hence people can do their Mini Health Check-up freely while donating the blood and blood tests are done. Blood donation by 1% of a country's population can meet a nation's most basic requirement for blood. "At the LUTH donor recruitment centre, the first thing we usually ask a prospective donor is whether he/she is donating to save lives or donating to get money in return?"

Do you stop yourself from going to the blood camp to donate blood?

Pregnant women should not donate blood and wait for at least six weeks after giving birth before they decide to give blood.

India has several different blood donation organizations both governmental and non-governmental. The governor thanked the blood donors for their contribution to lives and society. A blood donor card or driver's license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Haemoglobin is a protein of the red blood cells that gives our blood its red colour and also carries oxygen throughout the body.

You should not have high blood pressure.

Seidler joked saying donating can be compared to getting regular oil changes for your auto.

The Minister of Health, Dr. Riek Gai Kok, said the ministry together with its partners will ensure all State hospitals have blood banks, to help emergency cases in the States.

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