Punjab & Region

NGOs jointly organize Camp on World Blood Donor Day, volunteers donate 54 units blood

Ferozepur, June 15

As many as, 54 volunteers donated blood in the Blood Donation Camp organized at Guruharsahai on Wednesday, jointly by the various social organizations.

In 2005, the World Health Assembly adopted 14 June as World Blood Donor Day, to thank blood donors across the world, encourage more people to donate blood, and raise awareness about the need for safe blood and blood products.

In India, anyone above 18 years of age is allowed to donate blood as long as they fulfill certain physical and health criteria. While men can donate blood safely once every three months, women can donate every four months. However, the World Health Organization recommends that donation by 1 percent of a country’s population would suffice for its blood needs.

Taking cognizance of the shortage of blood in the Blood Bank raising of an alarm that voluntary blood donation had fallen; an appeal was made to voluntarily donate blood by the Deputy Commissioner, Amrit Singh to the various NGOs through Red Cross Society saying that an opportunity to donate is an opportunity to save a life.

The NGOs that participated in the camp were Nitnem Simran Seva Society, Sri Sukhmani Sahib Seva Society, Bharat Vikas Parishad, and Hakeem Kishori Lal Education and Charitable Society, Guruharsahai.

Speaking on the occasion, Ashok Behal, Secretary of Red Cross Society said, the blood was donated by 54 volunteers in this camp and the same will be provided to the injured in accident cases and other diseases like cancer and thalassemia so that their lives can be saved.

He said all the members of the organizations who have participated in this blood donation camp deserve congratulations and appealed to the volunteers of these organizations to stay connected with this blood donation movement from now onwards.

On the other hand, the relatively short shelf-life of blood products raises concern for a shortage during the pandemic or due to a high number of accidents and surgeries. The blood product cannot be manufactured in any factory and it can only be donated by human beings, said Mohinder Pal Bajaj, President of Bharat Vikas Parishad.