World Blood Donor Day, observed on June 14 every year, aims to create awareness across the world about the need for safe blood and life-saving components of blood required for transfusion. Safe blood and blood products are critical to the public healthcare system of countries globally, according to the WHO. World Blood Donor Day is a great opportunity to express our gratitude to voluntary blood donors. “Today is World Blood Donor Day. No other work is more sacred than this. Blood donation is an excellent service to humanity. I appeal to all of you that you must donate blood once in a year,” Union Health Minister wrote in Hindi on Twitter on Monday.
Dr Harsh Vardhan also said, “Blood donation is not only a noble service, it is also good for our health and does not have any side effects on the body. For people who donate blood regularly, the chances of getting heart diseases and high blood pressure are greatly reduced.” It also helps in countering the problem of obesity, the minister added.
मानवता का पहला परिचय, रक्तदान !
आज #WorldBloodDonorDay है। किसी सिद्ध स्थान की यात्रा करने से अधिक पुण्य रक्तदान करने से मिलता है। इससे पवित्र कोई दूसरा काम नहीं है। यह मानव सेवा का उत्कृष्ट उदहारण है।
— Dr Harsh Vardhan (@drharshvardhan) June 14, 2021
The United Nations, in its message on World Blood Donor day said, “People around the world have helped achieve safe blood supplies through voluntary, unpaid blood donations, even amid the COVID-19. We thank them for their contributions on Monday’s World Blood Donor Day.”
People around the world have helped achieve safe blood supplies through voluntary, unpaid blood donations, even amid #COVID19.
— United Nations (@UN) June 14, 2021
World Blood Donor Day 2021: Theme and objectives of this year’s campaign
- “Thank blood donors in the world and create wider public awareness of the need for regular, unpaid blood donation”: WHO
- “Promote the community values of blood donation in enhancing community solidarity and social cohesion”: WHO
- “Encourage youth to embrace the humanitarian call to donate blood and inspire others to do the same;
- celebrate the potential of youth as partners in promoting health”: WHO