There are a number of reasons people avoid donating blood — needle phobia, too tight a work schedule and, more importantly, the lack of awareness regarding the importance of blood donation, which brings about an insufficient blood supply in Thailand, as was the case last month.
Yet for those who overcome all the fear and obstacles, they all deserve a big round of applause especially from patients falling prey to blood-related diseases, those undergoing major medical operations and women during delivery who are prone to considerable blood loss.
All this is the idea behind World Blood Donor Day — one of the eight World Health Organization's (WHO) global campaigns — which is designated for Saturday, the birthday of the late Austrian biologist and physician Dr Karl Landsteiner whose identification of blood groups, or the so-called ABO system, led to a worldwide medical revolution. Dr Landsteiner received the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1930.
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