Health Desk—June 14, 2017: The number of voluntary and direct blood donors is gradually rising in recent years in Bangladesh.
Annual demand for blood in Bangladesh is around eight lakh units, according to Safe Blood Transfusion Programme of the Directorate General of Health Services.
Last year, about seven lakh units were collected, it said.
The shortage is filled by professional donors who mostly contribute to unsafe blood transfusions, said officials.
They, however, claimed the rate of unsafe transfusion of blood came down sharply over the years.
The rate of voluntary blood donation is yet to increase in line with expectation although the government set a target to ensure 100 percent blood collection through voluntary donation by 2022, officials added.
Every year on June 14, World Blood Donor Day is observed across the world to raise awareness about safe blood and blood products and to thank blood donors for their life-saving gifts.
Donating blood is a selfless act and blood transfusions save thousands of lives every year.
Sheikh Daud Adnan, deputy programme manager of Safe Blood Transfusion Programme (SBTP), said: “Some private or illegal blood banks in the capital might be involved in collecting blood from professional donors in exchange for money. People from rural areas and emergency patients often become their victims. But the situation has changed now.”
According to World Health Organisation (WHO), 112.5 million units of blood are collected globally each year. About half of them are collected in high-income countries.
Some 74 countries collect over 90 percent blood from “voluntary unpaid blood donors”. However, 71 countries collect more than half of their blood from family/replacement or paid donors, said WHO.
WHO recommends that all activities related to blood collection, testing, processing, storage and distribution be coordinated at the national level through effective organization and integrated blood supply networks. The national blood system should be governed by national blood policy and legislative framework to promote uniform implementation of standards and consistency in the quality and safety of blood and blood products.
Courtecy: The Daily Star