Mumbai: As per the report presented at the Lok Sabha, India fell short of 1.9 million units of blood last year. If the required quantities of blood had been available, nearly 320,000 heart surgeries and 50,000 organ transplants would have been possible. There is a significant requirement of blood for accident victims, cancer patients, thalassemia patients, pregnancy-related complicated surgical procedures as also other surgeries. In the event of the unavailability of blood, the operations cannot be performed and puts the patient’s life at risk as a result. Blood donation, therefore, gives the gift of life.
The blood donation camps Since 1999, the blood donation camps organised every year by ‘Shree Aniruddha Upasana Foundation’ and ‘Dilasa Medical Trust and Rehabilitation Centre’ and its sister organisations, receive participation in massive numbers. The organisations have received remarkable success in convincing people that blood donation saves a life. It has only lead to a progressive increase in the donors and hence, in the blood units collected at the mega blood donation camps the organisation holds each year.
On Sunday, the 21st of April, the network affiliates of ‘Shree Aniruddha Upasana Foundation’, ‘Dilasa Medical Trust and Rehabilitation Centre’, ‘Sadguru Shree Aniruddha Upasana Trust’, ‘Aniruddha Samarpan Pathak’, ‘Aniruddha Aadhesh Pathak’, Aniruddha’s Academy of Disaster Management’ And ‘Aniruddha’s House of Friends’ had jointly organised a blood donation camp.
A whopping 6,539 units of blood were collected at the mega blood donation camp that was held at the New English School in Bandra, Mumbai. On the same day, blood donation camps were also organised under the auspices of the institutions, at 32 locations in eight districts across Maharashtra. A total of 2,965 units of blood was collected at the camps which were held at these locations. Thus, a staggering 9,504 units of blood were collected in all at the donation camps the institutions had organised on Sunday.
A total of 7,267 people had registered for blood donation at the Mega Blood Donation Camp. Nevertheless, 728 people who had arrived for the donation were rejected due to various reasons. Although it certainly demonstrates the encouraging response the blood donation camps that are organised by the institutions receive.
More importantly, over 1 lakh 50 thousand units of blood have been collected in the camps the institutions have held over the last 21 years. To be precise, 1,54,596 units of blood were collected in these blood donation camps since 1999.
A total of 34 blood banks had participated in the mega blood donation camp along with 85 doctors, 176 paramedic staffers and 309 support staffers from the blood banks. Likewise, 50 doctors, 75 paramedics and 1,200 volunteers have tirelessly contributed and strived to make the mega blood donation camp a significant success.