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Donating blood: humanitarian act that saves lives

Havana, Jun 12 - Under the slogan "Donate blood so that the world continues to beat," this year more people are summoned globally to carry out this humanitarian act periodically and contribute to improving the health of others and saving lives.

Safe blood and blood products, as well as their transfusion, are essential in health care, preserving the existence of millions of human beings and improving the quality of many patients.

They enable complex medical and surgical interventions, and play a vital role in maternal and child treatment, pregnancy, and emergency responses to natural or man-made disasters.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the need for blood is universal, but access to it is not, and its shortage is particularly acute in developing countries.

For this reason, the international health entity calls to guarantee everyone's access to blood, for which it is necessary to have voluntary and unpaid donors on a global scale.

The World Blood Donor Day, which is celebrated every June 14, this year focuses mainly on the role of young people to ensure a safe supply, through actions without monetary retribution.

Young people represent an important part of the population and, in general, they are highly idealistic, enthusiastic and creative, highlights a statement from the WHO on the occasion of the date.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, despite mobility restrictions and other difficulties, donors from many countries have offered their blood and plasma for patients in need of transfusions, experts say.

Precisely, the WHO highlights this extraordinary effort in the context of an unprecedented crisis, while appreciating the importance of these people being well organized and voluntarily committed. (PL Takenfrom Orbe) (Photo: PL)