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Panacea Journal of Medical Sciences


Perceptions of Blood Donation amongst the Youth


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Author Details: Anne Wilkinson, Rishabh S. Gupta

Volume : 6

Issue : 2

Online ISSN : 2348-7682

Print ISSN : 2249-8176

Article First Page : 79

Article End Page : 82


Abstract

Blood donation is required constantly to replenish stocks in blood banks. Motivating relatives to donate blood in hospitals becomes a difficult job at times. Hence the youth who are the main source of our blood donors pool, need to be motivated to come forward for Voluntary blood donation. This cross sectional qualitative study is carried out to find out the reasons for youth donating or not donating blood. Youth in the age group 18-25 years both urban and rural were included. A validated questionnaire was used to interview the youth. The results were analyzed statistically. A total of 200 youth answered the questionnaire. 14% were unaware that blood could be donated, 24% of the youth did not consider blood donation to be important, and 85.5% youth had not donated blood even once. 65% of those who donated blood did so because they thought it could save lives and it was a noble act. We concluded that to increase the number of youth donors we need to spread awareness and educate our youth who are the main source of blood donors.

Keywords:
Blood donation, Youth, Donors