A commemorative postage stamp on the Pakistan National Blood Transfusion Service :
Issued by Pakistan
Issued on Sep 6, 1972
Issued for : To focus public attention on the need and importance of BLOOD DONATION, the Pakistan Post Office is issuing a Commemorative Postage Stamp of 20 Paisa denomination on the Defence Day of Pakistan i.e. 6th September, 1972.
Design : The format of the stamp is vertical. The subject of the stamp is “Blood Donation”. Two arms are shown, the pink one in front represents that of the donor giving blood which is collected in bottles in the foreground, by means of a tube. The arm in the background in white represents the need of blood transfusion. The insignia in red is placed in the centre on the top in a white circle, against an orange background. The value 20-Paisa is placed on the top left corner in black, and the words ‘Postage’ lies vertically on the left bottom side of the stamp all in black. The words “Pakistan” in Urdu, Bengali and English are in white against a turquoise blue strip at the bottom of the stamp.
Type : Stamp, Postal Used
Denomination : 20 Paisa
Colour : Red, Blue, Orange and Black
Size of Stamp : 26 x 41 mm
Size of Print : 23 x 38 mm
Perforation Gauge : 12½ x 14 (c)
Quantity Printed : 15,00,000
Number of Stamps in each sheet : 50
Process of Printing : Litho Offset
Printers : The Pakistan Security Printing Corporation Ltd., Karachi
- Blood is taken only after a fair examination by trained Doctors. It takes ten minutes to donate and ten minutes to rest and then you are fit for any job. There is no adverse effect on health, whatsoever, after donating less than 5 per cent of one’s total blood volume. The carefully maintained records in all countries conclusively prove that the process does not entail any ill effects whatsoever for the donor and rather in most cases it has a definite healthy effect by stimulating the formation of new blood and for treating certain latent disease conditions like high blood pressure.
- Blood Transfusion Service has been organised by the Government to collect blood from volunteer donors and to supply it to various hospitals for patients free of cost. The large hospitals have also their Blood Banks from which needy patients can get blood. Some voluntary organisations like the All Pakistan Blood Donor’s Association and the Pakistan Red Cross Society have also regular arrangements for collection and supply of blood for the benefit of the needy patients. But their combined efforts have so far touched only the fringe of the need. There is need for a nation-wide consciousness of the importance of blood donation to reduce mortality from disease and accident.
- It is however very sad that our healthier, wealthier and happier people do not want to donate blood with the result that the professional donors markets are so flourishing. Almost the attendants of every patient, when asked to donate blood, first try to manage donations from these donors as they themselves want to avoid donation of their own blood. When poor people are there to sell their blood, the people with money are ready to buy it. The Blood Banks and Hospitals try utmost to persuade the relations to donate blood themselves, but inspite of this, the latent scare of blood-loss impels them to purchase blood from poor and marginally healthy people. The relatives donate only when no poor fit donor is available. These donors give blood purely for money and they will do it without any regard for their health. Any way under the present circumstances they are beneficial and unavoidable, but ultimately volunteers have to fill up the gap.
- ‘DONATE BLOOD AND SAVE LIFE‘.
- Issued by The Director-General, Pakistan Post Office, Karachi.