Blood donors are life savers

Donation could be one common way people can choose to give back to their communities.

The demand for blood in hospitals is always high. Modern day medicine demands the use of blood transfusion to save cancer patients, patients with anemia, mothers experiencing complications and people involved in an accident, to name a few.

Transfusion of blood saves millions of lives, that is why raising an awareness on the need for regular blood donation is vital. Emergency situations of need often require urgent action, with vulnerable lives hanging on a balance.

Red Cross Volunteers don’t wait for Emergency Situations.  The Sierra Leone Red Cross Society (SLRCS) has been doing a tremendous job working with different stakeholders in communities across the Nation to raise awareness on this need. SLRCS community-based volunteers have been on the forefront freely donating blood to local hospitals, thereby supporting the Ministry of Health; to save lives and alleviate human suffering.

The National Youth Chair of the Sierra Leone Red Cross Society Finah Tarawallie, has shown exemplary leadership in Mobilization of Blood Donors. After so many years of dedicated service to the humanity, her passion to save lives has only grow bigger. As her custom is, on Monday …. she mobilized a few volunteers and led them to freely donate blood to the patients at the Connaught Memorial hospital. At the hospital, she expressed her concerns on the need to keep the blood bank replenished, so as to prevent unnecessary deaths of Patients in dire and urgent need of blood.

While yearning to motivate more young people to become active blood donors; she solemnly reflected on the fact that the human blood cannot be manufactured. She further commented on the benefits of doing so not only for those who need it but for the donors as well; as expressed by the doctor who did the procedure, highlighting the following benefits in particular:

  • Regular blood donation may help in reducing iron overload by preventing what doctors call Hemochromatosis.
  • It can also reduce the risk of cancer; By donating blood the iron stores in the body are maintained at healthy levels. 
  • Blood donation is beneficial in reducing the risk of heart and liver ailments caused by the iron overload in the body.
  • The human body replenishes the blood volume within 24 hours. Red blood cells are replaced within 3 to 4 weeks and the lost iron in 6 to 8 weeks.

Another important benefit for the donor, she explained, is the change for a mini check-up before you donate, including having your blood pressure and pulse taken. Should there be any problem(s), you’ll find out before it’s too late. Finah also emphasized the need for women to be donating blood after every three months; noting that it allows for the free flow of menses and keeps a woman healthy and alive.

Despite the high demand for blood in hospitals, only a handful of people donate. In spite of the covid19, the blood bank is safe to visit and it is still safe to give blood. All covid19 protocols are observed, be assured.

You can do it too. This is your service to your community. One day you or someone you love and care about might be in urgent need of Blood Transfusion. At that point, every second will count, and the National Youth Chair hopes that whenever and wherever such urgent needs arise, some Red Cross Volunteer’s Blood will be available to save a Life!

Together we can save lives. #Become a Donor Today! All you need to do is to call Red Cross on 300 (from any Orange line).