In the process of saving someone’s life while donating blood, you could also be doing yourself a huge favour in terms of health.
Dr B N Dhanya Kumar, Director, Health and Family Welfare Services, pointed out that by donating blood, not only does your blood get rejuvenated and improve immunity, but there are scientific studies proving that regular blood donors had a reduced risk of heart attack.
“You can also lose up to 600 calories when you donate blood, which is equivalent to the calories you lose after a brisk 60-minute walk,” he said while participating in a blood donation drive at Seshadripuram College here on Thursday.
The drive was organised on the eve of World Blood Donation Day. On the occasion, various organisations and individuals who have been regularly donating blood were felicitated for motivating people to donate blood.
Gap between demand and supply
“There is a huge gap between the demand and the supply of blood. The need for volunteers to come forward to donate blood is crucial in closing this gap. An individual can donate blood at least four times a year, but we hope that you will do it at least once a year,” he said.
Actress Shwetha Chengappa said, “You don’t have to be a doctor to save lives. You can still do ti by donating blood,” she said.
'Protect yourself from dengue'
Dr Dhanya Kumar used the occasion to remind students to protect themselves against dengue. “Dengue is a preventable disease if only people pay some attention and take preventive measures. It is sad to see so many people suffering when it can be prevented. It is important that you maintain cleanliness in your surroundings and if you have a consistent fever for 5-10 days, please visit the health centres set up in the city,” he said.