Every year, on 14 June, countries around the world celebrate World Blood Donor Day. The event serves to thank voluntary, unpaid blood donors for their life-saving gifts of blood and to raise awareness of the need for regular blood donations to ensure the quality, safety and availability of blood and blood products for patients in need.
A donor is eligible to donate blood when he/she is free from transmittable diseases. It is a must for a donor to be between the ages of 18 – 60 years, and have a minimum weight of 50kgs. Blood pressure of the donor must be normal.
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