Federal Minister of Health and BZgA call for blood donation
The Federal Ministry of Health (BMG) and the Federal Center for Health Education (BZgA) have called for blood donation on the occasion of the 11th World Blood Donation Day on Saturday. The seasonally declining number of blood donations is of increasing concern to the experts. Because "for medical care after serious traffic accidents or major operations, 15,000 blood donations are needed nationwide every day," explained the director of the BZgA, Prof. Dr. Elisabeth Pott.
"Who donates blood helps people in emergency situations," emphasized the Federal Minister of Health Hermann Gröhe (CDU). More than two million people in this country would regularly register as voluntary donors. "I would like to thank everyone who will donate blood again this year and thus help to ensure the supply of preserved blood," continued Gröhe. According to the BZgA, "less people donate blood before summer vacation than in autumn or winter, for example." Daily needs in the clinics for life-saving operations, the treatment of seriously ill people or emergency care remain high, regardless of the Season. In order to avoid bottlenecks, as many donors as possible are important in every season.
Regular blood donations are particularly important With various campaigns and information events, the BMG and the BZgA, together with numerous blood donation institutions, draw attention to the importance of blood donation for medical care on the 11th World Blood Donation Day on June 14th. The BZgA director emphasized that "80 percent of all people in Germany rely at least once in their lives on blood or medicines that are made from blood components." Because the shelf life of the blood is limited to only around five weeks, it is particularly important that people donate blood regularly. Any healthy adult between the ages of 18 and 68 can donate, with women being allowed to donate blood four times a year and men six times a year. (fp)