New Delhi. Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya said that on the birthday of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, a 15-day blood donation campaign started on Saturday and more than one lakh people donated blood on the first day. “World Record”. Mandaviya donated blood at a camp set up at Safdarjung Hospital here and urged people to register on the Aarogya Setu app or e-Raktkosh portal to donate blood on the ‘Raktadan Amrit Mahotsav’. This festival will be celebrated till October 1 – National Voluntary Blood Donation Day.
Mandaviya tweeted, “Cross 1,00,000…. Earlier, Mandaviya tweeted that I am happy to inform that more than 87 thousand people have so far voluntarily donated blood on the Rakta Daan Amrit Mahotsav on the birthday of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, which is a new world record. This is a priceless gift from the country to our dear Pradhan Sevak.
— Dr Mansukh Mandaviya (@mansukhmandviya) September 17, 2022
Record blood donation camps in the country So far 6,112 camps have been permitted across the country and 2,07,313 people have registered. He said that 10,0506 people have donated blood so far.
Mandaviya said, “Blood donation is a noble cause and in view of our rich culture and tradition of service and cooperation, I appeal to all citizens to come forward and donate blood as part of the massive voluntary blood donation campaign – Rakta Daan Amrit Mahotsav across the country. Am. Blood donation not only fulfills the national need but it is also a great service to the society and humanity.
Emphasizing on the importance of voluntary blood donation, he said, “Blood donation is part of the celebratory celebrations of Amrit Mahotsav, Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav.” Mandaviya said that according to the figures of 2021 in India, about 15 million units of blood are required annually. He said that every two seconds a patient in India needs blood and one out of every three people need blood at some point in their life.
“Despite advances in technology, there is no substitute for blood and one unit of blood can save three lives,” he said. He met the donors at the camp and appreciated their efforts. Clearing the misconception about blood donation, he said, “A person has five to six liters of blood in his body and can donate blood every 90 days.”
According to an official source, the aim of this campaign is to collect one lakh units of blood in a day. Apart from this, people will be made aware about donating blood regularly. One unit of blood means 350 ml of blood. All Ministries and Departments of the Centre, States and Union Territories, non-governmental and community organizations and other stakeholders will participate in this campaign. Mandaviya also released a book titled ‘Footprints of the Sands of Time’ highlighting the contribution of Safdarjung Hospital towards health care on the occasion. (with agency input)