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Seminar on blood donation drive
Correspondent KOHIMA, MAR 7 (NPN):
Published on 8 Mar. 2011 12:38 AM IST
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A two-day seminar on blood donation drive and awareness began Monday at the conference hall of School of Nursing (SON), NHAK.
Speaking at the seminar, resource person, Dr. V. Khamo blood bank i/c, pathology department, NHAK elaborated on the importance of blood donation.
She said blood was the lifeline for all human beings and that there was no stand-in for blood.
“Human blood has to be replaced by human blood alone and blood can only be obtained through donation”, she added. Stressing on why blood was needed, Dr. Khamo said blood transfusion was a life saving procedure.
“Blood is required for cases such as accident (vehicular), burn, cuts and bullet injuries, child birth, surgery –emergency and planned surgery, anaemia, hereditary haemolytic anaemia, coagulation disorders and chronic renal failure.
Informing about the type of blood donors, she said there were commercial (professional) donors, replacement donor and voluntary donors. However she stated that the Supreme Court in January 1, 1998 banned commercial (professional) donors as these donors suffered from malnutrition, general weakness, drug addiction and alcoholism.
Further, she said replacement donors are family members, relatives and friends of patients, while voluntary donors are self motivated with no desire for profit, but to save life. The major blood groups are A, B, AB and O.
Explaining who could be a blood donor, Dr. Khamo informed a blood donor has to be in the age group of 18 to 60 years, minimum weight of 45 kgs and in good health. A donor can give blood every 3 months, she added.
Dispelling various doubt on blood donation, Dr. Khamo said the procedure is done by a highly skilled trained technician and that it takes five to 10 minutes to donate blood.
Dr. Khamo also said a woman can donate blood during her monthly period provided she is healthy.
Also emphasizing on the benefit of blood donation, Dr. Khamo said by donating blood, one feels satisfied having saved a life.
While giving away certificates to 10 students of School of Nursing, NHAK 2009 batch, Principal V. Kechu congratulated and also urged the new nursing students to emulate their seniors and donate blood. The function was chaired by Shetoni, nursing tutor, school of nursing, NHAK.
Meanwhile, blood grouping and blood donation would be conducted on March 8 at Blood Bank, Naga Hospital Authority Kohima.

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