Kolkata, Sep 21 : West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Saturday said Bengal launched India’s first state-owned stem cell preservation centre at the School of Tropical Medicine here.
On the occasion of World Marrow Donor Day, Ms Banerjee taking to her Twitter handle said, " Today is World Marrow Donor Day. Donating blood stem cells for marrow transplantation can save many lives. "
" In 2016, our Govt in #Bangla launched #India’s first state-owned stem cell preservation centre at the School of Tropical Medicine in #Kolkata, " she added.
The main objective of WMDD is to thank all donors worldwide. Unrelated donors, family donors, cord blood donors, donors who already have donated, and donors who are on the global registry waiting to donate. Secondary objective is to raise awareness among the general public and decision-makers about being a stem cell donor and the impact of blood stem cell transplantation on patients’ lives.
''For many children and adults in need of a transplant we are unable to find a match within the global registry with millions of donors and therefore, more potential volunteer donors need to be recruited,'' she said. This is especially true for patients with mixed race or from ethnic minorities.(UNI)