Cuttack, Aug 16: The week long blood donation drive launched on the eve of ‘ Kranti Divas’ by Odisha Mo Paribara team in collaboration with Jiban Bindu programme came to an end on the Independence Day at Mahanadivihar in Cuttack.
As many as 1174 units of blood were collected in this mega blood donation camp organized by senior BJD leader and Ex- MLA Pravat Ranjan Biswal. The voluntary blood donation drive would be timely support to the city-based blood banks including SCB Medical College and Hospital to meet the growing requirement of blood for ailing patients.
Pertinently, 80,000 units of blood are required every month in the state to meet needs of patients suffering from haemopholia , thalesemia, sicklecell anaemia and other blood related diseases. Swaroop Dss,the Assistant Director SCBT(State Council for Blood Transfusion) said the state generate more than four lakh units of blood annually and out of the lot two lakh units comes in the form of exchange from the side of patients.
56 blood banks operating inthe state collect about two lakh units of blood from donors by way of organising Volunatary Blood Donation camps in different parts of the Odisa , he added.
The regular VBD drives have been disrupted owing to the out break of COVID19 and the subsequent lock down and shut down conditions. It has resulted in the shortage of blood in the blood banks. The state government taking in to account of the burgeoning requirement of blood in the state has also directed all district collectors to facilitate blood donation camps amidst COVID regulations.
In view of the same Biju Mo Parivar and Jivan Bindu program have taken up the blood donation drive initiatives in different districts. They have also pitched a target of collecting 20,000 units of blood by organising camps. Bikram Arukha, the Minister of Forest and environment and Cuttack-Choudwar MLA Souvik Biswal were present on the occasion of the closing of the camp.