Understanding human reproduction for beginners
In his recent speech , the medical director of Fatmid Foundation, karachi informed that his foundation needed around 3.5 to 4 million bottles of blood annually but it receives only 1.2 to 1.5 million due to which many patients have died. The question is how can we overcome this shortage of blood? The Fatimid and similar foundations are doing their best in encouraging people and trying to approach people in their comfort zone. They have scheduled 2 day visits to many universities and colleges every 6 months. They offer the service of a general blood report so that someone might donate blood in his own interest. But even after all these efforts they are unable to receive a good number of donors because people are often reluctant in donating blood. They act as if donating blood would do a major health loss to them. This is due to the fact that although we are often briefed on how donating blood could save a life and what an act of generosity it is, we are not told the personal health benefits to a blood donor.
Physical benefits of donating blood;
Studies have shown that people often consume more iron than is required for good health. Ingestion of quantities of iron beyond a certain quantity can promote formation of free radicals in the body. Free radicals can cause cellular changes which can disrupt normal cell function and increase the risk of certain chronic diseases such as the heart disease and cancer. If a person happens to be a red meat eater, the risk for iron overload can be even higher. Blood donation removes some of the excess iron which can cause free radical formation in the body. In fact, studies have shown that men, who donate blood on a regular basis, have a lower risk of heart disease. Therefore, I appeal to every single healthy person in Pakistan to donate blood and save people. Now, there is nothing authorities could do about it. We all are responsible for saving our patients.