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World Blood Donor Day marked on June 14

Author : 112.ua News Agency

Source : 112 Ukraine

There is no need to drive a Batmobile or wear a Superman cloak to save lives. It is enough to visit the nearest blood donation point and become a donor, thus giving hope for life to three people at once
11:40, 14 June 2020

Blood Donor Day
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Blood Donor Day is an important and, accordingly, a recognized worldwide holiday. It was established to honor people who voluntarily donate blood to save someone's life. It was established relatively recently - on May 23, 2005.

On that day, doctors from all over the world gathered at the 58th session of the World Health Assembly in Geneva (Switzerland) and, analyzing the statistics for the past year, concluded that the promotion of blood donations has a positive effect, and therefore it has to last.

The date of the holiday was chosen because Nobel Prize winner Karl Landsteiner was born on this day. Without his knowledge, a blood transfusion would not be possible nowadays. He is a scientist who discovered human blood types and thus introduced blood transfusions as a common medical practice.

In current conditions of quarantine and the Covid-19 pandemic, the problem of blood donation has become even more acute.

Donor Day in Ukraine

Last year, the country organized a week of charitable blood donation, during which a record number of Ukrainians became donors - more than 6,500 people. During the week, about 3,000 liters of blood were collected at donation points, which were expected to save almost 20,000 lives.

This year, the Center for Public Health of the Ministry of Health of Ukraine announced an all-Ukrainian flash mob among donors. To take part in it, you need to become a blood donor from June 10 to 19, take a photo showing that you are donating blood, and post it on your Facebook page with a hashtag.

For the duration of the contest, the page must be made open to all Facebook users.

On Friday, June 19, five participants will receive one of the gift sets.

Note. The risk of Covid-19 transmission during a blood transfusion is theoretical and probably minimal.

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