Today is World Blood Donor Day: 10 facts you may not know

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Today, 14 June 2017, is World Blood Donor Day.

Wednesday marks a day of raising awareness about the importance of donating blood, blood safety, celebrating the volunteer blood donors, and encouraging people to donate, all over the world.

If you have time today, drop by a blood donor clinic to give blood, but remember it’s not just today, it should be as often as you can.

Here are 10 facts about blood donation that you may not know:

  • Each healthy individual can donate one unit of blood (half a litre) in three months; in turn, the one unit can help up to three different patients depending on their needs.
  • The life span of a red blood cell is 4 months, after when it is broken down in the liver and cleaned up from the rest of the blood through the kidney.
  • Despite the current medical technological advancement, blood cannot be manufactured and the only way of obtaining is through blood donation from healthy individuals.
  • Some medical conditions such as some cancers requires blood transfusion prior to initiation or continuation of treatment.
  • Blood groups are inherited and since some blood groups are rare, that is why relatives are important first line donors for their family members
  • In African communities, rhesus negative blood group are rarer, and we advise individuals to know their blood group, carry donor card with them in case of urgent cross match requirements.
  • To donate, you must be of ages 16 years to 65 years
  • The current local standard blood bank requires that donor weighs at least 50kgs and above
  • Donors can return for donations after three months provided they are in good health
  • Ladies must not be in their menses or pregnant in order to donate
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SUSAN WONG

Susan Wong is the Editor of Capital Lifestyle, a resident photographer, an award-winning journalist, radio presenter, full-time adventurer, long-time admirer of anything edible, and a spicy food athlete at Capital FM.

  • cornelius

    what the hell…..so our personal information is not secure with the state?? and we are the ones supposed to take actions incase it gets compromised. and we have a government in place, plus a responsible ministry?? this is a freaking big joke. how the hell can an ordinary citizen, with no influence and/or political affiliations at all sue some big shot in the govt. you’ll get eliminated. this Ndemo guy should “TAKE CARE” of his ministry properly. SMH

  • Laurent

    I hate to Imagine that the same state that requires us to give personal data doesnt take responsibility for its abuse and leaves us to fend for ourselves through course. It’s such a shame and embarassment. So Mr Ndemo,are you telling a poor rural based woman in Mandera to go to court and report this?

  • Gangam

    I will sue IEBC for carelessness and violating my privacy

  • upuzi_tele

    Ndemo, Name them and Shame them. We all know this is the work of TNA.

    • suluhisho

      Then why ask for names, ignorance has taken over you uko na upuzi tele kweli!!!

  • “While hailing the historic debate, which was broadcast live on all media stations in Kenya, Ombara urged the organisers to include issues surrounding hate speech and incitement in the forthcoming February 25 debate.”
    When was this article written or was it a case of copy/paste?

  • kamau1947

    I and my staff also had SMS’s with TNA lobbying us by name. Nothing from ODM this is one reason I am not happy about the election. Our ID information used to register SIM cards was being used by TNA. But the government denied being biased and IEBC are not interested.

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