Rotaract Manipal and MYS hold year’s first blood donation drive1 min read
MANIPAL: The Rotaract Club of Manipal in association with Mogaveera Yuva Sanghatane (MYS) organised a blood donation camp on February 9, at Food Court 1.
So far, the organisation has collected more than one lakh units of blood in Karnataka. On Sunday’s drive, the target was to collect about 500 units of blood from donors in Manipal.
“In KMC Manipal, 25,000 units of blood are required yearly for poor patients and everybody else, across Udupi. For all the hospitals, more than 50,000 units are required. We are collecting 15,000 to 20,000 units through our organisation but still, by 30,000 units shortage is caused,” explained Satish Salian, chief guest for the event, emphasising on the dire need for donated blood in Udupi. He further expressed disappointment with only 500 to 700 units of blood being collected during such drives, despite Manipal’s large eligible donor population.
The camp happens to be this year’s first blood donation drive in Manipal.
Doctors from Kasturba Medical College (KMC) facilitated the donation drive. People who wished to donate had to fill in their details in a form provided to them by the volunteers. After this step, the donors were called for weight-checking. Those who fulfilled the pre-requisites were sent to the doctors for a medical background check. Subsequently, donors were tested for haemoglobin rates and blood groups.
On completion of this process, the donors cleared for donation were given sponge balls to regulate blood flow in their arms for the venepuncture. Post the donation, juices and biscuits were provided. The donors were also given a certificate of participation.
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Edited by: Vaibhavi Vaman