World Blood Donor Day is observed on June 14 every year since 2005, to express thanks to the blood donors worldwide while also encouraging more people to come forward to donate blood.
Amid the coronavirus pandemic, voluntary blood donation has decreased manifold. The reason being, the direct or indirect impact of COVID-19. Last year, in April 2020, a month after the nationwide lockdown to control the spread of COVID-19 was put in place, the Indian Red Cross Society had said that voluntary blood donation had fallen by almost 100 per cent.
The government of India, in its guidelines released on March 25, 2020, suggests the following criteria for a donor to be eligible to donate blood amid the pandemic The Government of India bars the ‘at-risk donors’ from donating blood, in accordance with the COVID-19 safety protocol. A donor should not have any travel history (domestic or international) for 28 days on the day of donation. The donor shouldn’t have a history of either being in contact with a COVID-19 patient or be infected himself for a period of four weeks on the day of blood donation The government has also designated special protocol so as to ensure the blood donation site to be safe for donating blood. The guideline emphasise the role of social distancing in the blood donation site along with other infection control measures such as hand hygiene, cough etiquette, avoiding close contact with any confirmed or suspected case of COVID-19 and safe disposal of used gloves, masks, caps and other soiled material.To ensure that the transfused blood is not infected by COVID-19, National Blood Transfusion Council continues to keep it compulsory to allow the transfer of screened blood components to avoid the risks associated with blood and blood component transfusion, including post donation instances of COVID-19.
World Blood Donor Day, which is popularly known as 'WBDD', is observed every year on June 14 to make people aware of how important it is to donate blood and thank its donors for their services. This day was first observed in 2005 by the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies. World Blood Donor Day also marks the birth anniversary of Karl Landsteiner, who discovered the 'ABO blood group system' and won Nobel Prize for it.
So as the whole world observes World Blood Donor Day, here are some wishes, messages and quotes that you can share with your friends and family on this day:
World Blood Donor Day 2021 Wishes
A life may depend on a gesture from you, you can save many lives with a bottle of blood. Happy Blood Donor Day.
Blood donation will cost you nothing but it will save a life. Happy Blood Donor Day.
The blood you donate gives someone another chance at life. Happy Blood Donor Day
The blood you donate gives someone another chance at life. So, give the gift of life and donate your blood.’ – Happy World Blood Donation Day
To give blood you need neither extra strength nor extra food, and you will save a life. Happy Blood Donor Day.
To the young and healthy it’s no loss. To the sick, it’s the hope of life. Donate Blood to give back life. Happy World Blood Donor Day.
Your little effort can give others a second chance to live life. Happy World Blood Donor Day.
‘A single pint can save three lives, a single gesture can create a million smiles. Donate Blood.’ – Happy World Blood Donation Day
‘You don’t have to be a doctor to save lives. Just Donate Blood.’ – Happy World Blood Donation Day
Do you feel you don’t have much to offer? You have the most precious resource of all: the ability to save a life by donating blood! Help share this invaluable gift with someone in need.