Giving blood brings multiple benefits

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 09 November, 1999, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 09 November, 1999, 12:00am

The frequent shortage of blood at the Red Cross shows that Hong Kong people still do not see how they can benefit from blood donation.

Even though people know there is a low possibility of infection from the process, they do not bother to donate blood.

The Red Cross should spend more effort on encouraging people from government departments, schools and commercial corporations to give blood.

It would be more efficient and reliable than waiting for volunteers to go to the blood donation centres.

In addition, education is important. Traditionally, Chinese people used to think blood was so important that it should not be donated.

They should be taught that blood donation enhances metabolism.

If the Government educates the public about blood donation and informs them about the critical situation of patients who need blood, the public would be more willing to donate it.

After all, being able to donate blood is a blessing because it means that the donor is healthy. These lucky people should share what they have with those who are not so fortunate.

Moreover, helping others brings happiness.

I donated blood at school last year. Unfortunately, I felt so dizzy at the MTR station that afternoon that I had to call the Red Cross staff to take me home. They said my blood pressure was too low in relation to my height and advised me not to donate blood again.

I still think blood donation is worthwhile because not everyone is eligible.

Becky is a student at Kit Sam Secondary School


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