ISLAMABAD- Absence of the subject matter in the school curriculum, parental opposition, poor health due to lack of safe drinking water, rising poverty and health safety concerns of individual before, during and after blood donation are the main barriers to voluntary unpaid blood donors.
Factors responsible for low blood collection as determined through field experience are the lack of education and awareness for the need of safe blood in the community, importance of Voluntary Un-paid Blood Donation (VUBD) and high prevalence of Hepatitis B, C, HIV/AIDS and Anemia. This was shared by the experts at a blood donation camp held to mark the World Blood Donors Day at the Pakistan Red Crescent Society (PRCS) National Headquarters on Friday.
The utmost concern of the students at educational institution is disease prevalence i.e. Hepatitis B, C, HIV/AIDS and Anemia and its prevention. Most of the students have lack confidence regarding their health as they feel their health cannot be improved. "It is estimated that at an average (65 out of 100 donors) that are willing to donate blood are deferred due to poor health status i.e. high prevalence of Hepatitis B, C and Anemia," said the experts.