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Blood transfusion saves lives and improves health

Blood transfusion saves lives and improves health

Kolkata, Dec 23 (UNI) Blood transfusion saves lives and improves health, but many patients requiring transfusion do not have timely access to safe blood.

Providing safe and adequate blood should be an integral part of every country’s national health care policy and infrastructure.

WHO recommends that all activities related to blood collection, testing, processing, storage and distribution be coordinated at the national level through effective organization and integrated blood supply networks.

The national blood system should be governed by national blood policy and legislative framework to promote uniform implementation of standards and consistency in the quality and safety of blood and blood products.

About 112.5 million blood donations are collected worldwide. More than half of these are collected in high-income countries, home to 19 per cent of the world’s population.

About 13 000 blood centres in 176 countries report collecting a total of 110 million donations. Collections at blood centres vary according to income group. The median annual donations per blood centre is 5400 in the low- and middle-income countries, as compared to 16 000 in the high-income countries.

There is a marked difference in the level of access to blood between low- and high-income countries. The whole blood donation rate is an indicator for the general availability of blood in a country.

The median blood donation rate in high-income countries is 32.1 donations per 1000 people. This compares with 14.9 donations per 1000 people in upper-middle-income countries, 7.8 donations per 1000 people in lower-middle-income countries, and 4.6 donations per 1000 people in low-income countries.

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Hyderabad, Jan 18 (UNI) Union Minister for Science and Technology Harsh Vardhan has said that the Science has to be people centric and its benefits would deliver to the people.

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Greater efforts needed to meet international family planning goals

Greater efforts needed to meet international family planning goals

17 Jan 2018 | 12:32 PM

Kolkata, Jan 17 (UNI) Women and girls have a human right to choose whether and when to become pregnant.

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TN pioneer in organ transplants, other states should follow it : Venkaiah

TN pioneer in organ transplants, other states should follow it : Venkaiah

16 Jan 2018 | 5:13 PM

Chennai, Jan 16 (UNI) Observing that Tamil Nadu was a pioneering state in organ transplantation in the country, Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu on Tuesday said other states should emulate it in providing affording medical care to the people.

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Echinococcosis, a parasitic disease that occurs in two main forms in humans

Echinococcosis, a parasitic disease that occurs in two main forms in humans

13 Jan 2018 | 12:16 PM

Kolkata, Jan 13 (UNI) Echinococcosis is a parasitic disease that occurs in two main forms in humans: cystic echinococcosis (also known as hydatidosis) and alveolar echinococcosis, caused by the tapeworms Echinococcus granulosus and Echinococcus multilocularis, respectively.

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20 die of tobacco related diseases a day in Karnataka ; GATS-2 Survey

20 die of tobacco related diseases a day in Karnataka ; GATS-2 Survey

11 Jan 2018 | 3:02 PM

Bengaluru, Jan 11 (UNI) Atleast 20 people die in Karnataka every day due to tobacco related diseases with cancer being the main scourge, according to the latest Global Adult Tobacco Survey (GATS-2).

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