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Posted at: Jun 14, 2019, 8:00 AM; last updated: Jun 14, 2019, 8:00 AM (IST)WORLD BLOOD DONOR DAY TODAY

PTMs to boost blood donation

PGI plans to launch awareness programme for repeat donors
PTMs to boost blood donation
Members of the Blood Bank Society give carry bags to people for free.

Dushyant Singh Pundir
Tribune News Service
Chandigarh, June 13

With ‘catch them young’ as its motto, the PGI has been able to increase blood donation in the tricity through the parent-teacher meetings (PTMs) in schools.

Under the initiative, they are encouraging parents to come forward for the cause while leaving a lasting impression on their wards.

“We want to catch them young, rope in impressionistic minds through blood donation. When children see their parents donate blood, it leaves an indelible imprint on their mind and they will, in all probability, grow up and follow the suit,” said Dr Suchet Sachdev, Assistant Professor, Department of Transfusion Medicine, PGIMER, here on the eve of World Blood Donor Day.

June 14 is celebrated as World Blood Donor Day every year. This year’s slogan is “Safe Blood for All” to raise awareness about the universal need for safe blood in the delivery of healthcare.

“Parents are the heroes of children and when a child watches his parent donating blood, he/she would want to turn 18 as soon as possible in order to be able to donate blood. This will not only lead to a single act of blood donation, but will transform in a habit of blood donation. This regular habit will be a key part of safe blood supply in future. Therefore, ‘catch them young’ will be the best way to foster a culture of voluntary blood donation, which will lay the foundation of a safe blood supply,” he said. The premier institute holds nearly 400 blood donation camps in the tricity and nearby areas of Haryana, Punjab and Himachal Pradesh and collects nearly 58,000 to 60,000 units of blood 

in a year.

Various departments of the institute, including gynaecology, obstetrician, trauma centre and transfusion, require between 350-400units of blood. The Department of Transfusion Medicine receives support from outdoor voluntary blood donation camps organised by religious organisations, government institutions, NGOs, media, industry, educational institutions (universities, colleges and schools), voluntary blood donor organisations, resident and market welfare associations. 

Dr RR Sharma, Head of the Department of Transfusion Medicine, said they would launch an awareness programme for repeat donors. He said there were nearly 60-70 per cent repeat donors in every camp.

To commemorate the World Blood Donor Day, the Thalassaemic Children Welfare Association, Chandigarh, will organise 180th blood donation camp in Blood Bank, GMCH-32, tomorrow in coordination with Blood Bank and Hospital authorities. This camp will be inaugurated by Dr BS Chavan, Director-Principal, GMCH-32, and Dr Ravi Gupta, Medical Superintendent, GMCH-32.


Cloth bags to encourage blood donation 

In order to encourage blood donation, the Blood Bank Society has taken upon itself the distribution of environment friendly, reusable cloth bags. These bags carry motivational messages of blood donation and prevention of thalassemia.

Sukrita Singh, Executive Member, Blood Bank Society, Chandigarh, said the volunteers of the society would distribute these bags at strategic locations of various Apni Mandis of the tricity, over a period of four days before and after World Blood Donor Day.

Less women donors

While male percentage in terms of donating blood has been constant over more than 9%, the share of their female counterparts has been as low as 5% only. Doctors attribute it to various factors, including low count of haemoglobin in females, minimum weight requirement for donating blood, etc.

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