On June 14 every year, countries all over the world come together to celebrate Blood Donor Day and to raise awareness about need for safe blood and blood products.
"Through blood donation, we can help various needy people and save their precious lives".
"One donation can save up to three lives", Williams said.
The coordinator said around two percent of the population of any country which donates blood regularly can meet the needs of their entire population, but the culture of blood donation in Pakistan is yet to take root. "It's a gift that costs you nothing except your time as our bodies are capable of replacing the volume of blood you have lost quite quickly".
The governor's office issued a message on Tuesday marking World Blood Donor Day.
Mlambo said there was no need for recipients to worry about the quality of blood.
"You do see things you don't want to see, and you do know people need help that can't help themselves, so it all adds up and it comes out to their benefit", says donor Darrell Rickey.
The 57-year-old policeman has been giving blood since he was 18.
Tran Nguyen Dung, 49, from HCM City, is among the 100 outstanding Vietnamese blood donors who will be honoured for their contribution to the voluntary blood donation movement in Vietnam at a ceremony on June 14 in Hanoi. Blood transfusion services in Pakistan are mostly hospital-based.
PAHO said blood transfusions are an essential component of emergency medical care.
The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) says while voluntary blood donors have increased in Latin America and the Caribbean, they are still short of ensuring sufficient blood supplies. He also emphasized over how the blood is kept in blood banks for emergencies.
"We have to identify roles and duties of staff members during such times and establish mechanism for coordinating and conduct periodic stimulation to test the vulnerability of the plan", he said. This is why this year's slogan is 'What can you do?
Although the day comes in the midst of National Blood Donor Week, Nicole McMahon, territory manager for Canadian Blood Services, said donations are now lacking.
So muster up the courage to overcome your fear of needles and help others by donating blood!
You should not have high blood pressure.