New Delhi, May 4 : Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan on Monday exhorted all to donate blood saying blood donation saves lives. The Minister, who visited a blood donation camp organised at Indian Red Cross Society building here, appealed to voluntary organisations, NGOs and common people at large to come forward to promote voluntary blood donation to maintain ample blood stocks to meet any eventuality in the country.
He said during the difficult times of COVID-19, the country was able to manage the critical supply of blood to the needy patients. Mr Vardhan said he called the meeting of Red Cross officials to mobilise voluntary blood donation and helped them by arranging 30,000 passes for Red Cross Society workers and their vehicles engaged in promoting voluntary blood donation.
He asked the Red Cross to keep sufficient blood stock for transfusion by promoting voluntary blood donation and providing facilities of pick up and drop to donors. In addition, he asked the Indian Red Cross Society to send mobile blood collection vans to the premises of regular blood donors to facilitate them to come forward for blood donation at this difficult point in time.
The Minister said he had written to State Health Ministers to promote voluntary blood donation and had also conducted a video conference to this effect too. "I have been visited by the patients of Thalassemia personally many times and I receive several appeals/complaints through twitter, and other social media platforms from the terminally ill patients who require regular blood transfusion to stay healthy. It is our duty to meet their requirements at all times and keep the regular flow of fresh blood in blood banks," an official release here said. More (UNI)