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"Blood must be donated regularly and not just by necessity"

On World Blood Donor professionals in the fields of hematology and hemotherapy make appeal for voluntary donation

 
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Donor during a blood collection session at WHO headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland
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Donor during a blood collection session at WHO headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland

"Donating blood is an act of citizenship and should be a regular activity." On World Blood Donor celebrated today (14), professionals in the fields of hematology and transfusion medicine appeal to the population to which the donation is made periodically and not just in times of need. While the global average donor is between 3% and 5%, in Brazil this percentage has been 1.9% over the past five years, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

The organization warns that with increasing life expectancy and, consequently, the number of chronic diseases that require blood transfusion, the regular donation is increasingly necessary.

For the president of the Brazilian Association of Hematology, Hematology and Cell Therapy (ABHH) Carmino Antonio Souza, the donation should become a habit, like going to the dentist or the gynecologist. The Donor Day is very important because the donation is altruistic and free. Therefore, without the participation of society do not have red blood cells, platelets. Blood can not be manufactured and need human blood to the treatments we do today, the doctor said.

"The donation should become a habit, like going to the dentist or the gynecologist." Day of the donor is very important, because the donation is altruistic and free. "
In the National Heart Institute (INC), in the south zone of Rio, it takes about seven donations for a simple procedure, such as coronary artery bypass, and 10-15 donations for a more complex surgery, such as valve or aorta.

According to the coordinator of the Hemonúcleo INC, Graça Fonseca, not to miss blood to patients at the time of surgery, it is necessary to maintain at least 30 donations daily.

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Source: AGÊNCIA BRASIL
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