The district administration, in association with Tirunelveli Medical College Hospital (TVMCH) Blood Bank, has planned to organise more than 500 blood donation camps to get a minimum of 20,000 units of blood from donors during this fiscal, according to Collector M. Karunakaran.
Participating in a blood donation awareness human chain organised on TVMCH premises here in connection with ‘World Blood Donation Day’ on Tuesday, Dr. Karunakaran said the TVMCH Blood Bank organised 154 blood donation camps during the last fiscal to collect 11,450 units of blood. The blood received from the donors was being used to save the lives of accident victims, dengue patients, patients who underwent major surgical procedures and women after delivery.
“Since donating just 350 ml of the 5 or 6 litres of blood in the body will never affect the donors’ health, every healthy man and woman can donate blood to save the lives of poor patients in need of blood or blood components. It has been, in fact, scientifically proved that blood donation diminishes the probabilities of getting affected by cardiac ailments,” he noted.
More than 300 persons, including medicos, house surgeons, students of nursing college and volunteers, participated in the human chain along with Dr. Karunakaran, TVMCH Dean K. Sithy Athiya Munavarah, Deputy Director of Health Services Ram Ganesh, Medical Officer of TVMCH Blood Bank Manimala and others.
At a blood donation camp, 115 employees of Sterlite Copper donated blood. The programme was organised here on Tuesday by Sterlite in association with the Blood Bank of Thoothukudi Government Medical College Hospital as part of World Blood Donation Day. According to a statement, the programme was inaugurated by Kalaivani, Vice Principal of the Medical College. R Kailasam, Chief Medical Officer, Santhi, Medical Officer, Blood Bank, Ramasamy, President and P. Kumaran, Secretary, Indian Medical Association, Thoothukudi were present.