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London: Sikhs in England will donate blood as part of a campaign inspired by a human rights activist in India to protest the mistreatment of Sikh political prisoners.

Till November 1, Sikhs across the country will visit blood donation clinics.

An internet campaign has been launched and #SikhBlood is a hot topic on Twitter, the Bristol Post reported on Tuesday.

A man from Bristol county, Dilawer Potiwal Singh (DP) said, “I have been moved by the images of Bapu Surat Singh Khalsa, who is currently on hunger strike in India to protest against the mistreatment of Sikh political prisoners. Blood donation saves lives and we are sure that hundreds of Sikhs will participate.”

“This is a small sacrifice as compared with Surat Singh’s hunger strike to highlight issues in India,” the 45-year-old resident said.

“I would urge all the Sikhs to donate blood and play their part in this campaign,” Singh said.

“We have a strong Sikh community in Bristol, so it’s important for all to get involved,” he said.

Surat Singh Khalsa is an 82-year-old American resident and Indian native.

He has been on hunger strike for 281 days in Punjab in an attempt to raise awareness about the Indian government’s treatment of Sikh political prisoners.

(IANS)

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Today (June 14) is World Blood Donor Day.

Donate blood. Save lives. Get healthier.

Blood and blood products obtained by blood donation can help save the lives of millions of people. Blood is required for medical problems like-

– Anaemia
– Trauma
– Complications during pregnancy and delivery
– Surgical emergencies
– Medical conditions like Thalassaemia, Sickle cell disease, Clotting factor deficiency (Hemophilia)
– Blood cancers
– Cancer patients on chemotherapy

Blood cannot be synthetically manufactured. Blood donated by donors is the ONLY source!

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Blood donation not only helps those in need but it also has certain health benefits for the blood donors.

It decreases blood viscosity (thickness of blood) and enables a better flow of blood in the body. This also prevents damage to the arteries and maintains a healthy heart and blood vessels.
It regulates iron levels in the blood. Presence of excess iron in the blood can be damaging to blood vessels due to oxidative stress.

It regulates blood regeneration. Replacement of the red cells takes 48 hours and complete replacement takes 1-2 months.
Lowers the risk of certain cancers (liver lung colon, stomach, throat).

Evaluations done before blood donation enable donors to get regular check-ups and monitor their health.

It provides a sense of fulfillment and optimism as you know you have done a good deed.

This article was originally published in Same Condition. SameCondition is an online platform for patients and people looking to connect with others dealing with same (medical) conditions.