Vedansh Patel, a resident of south Kolkata, turned 18 on April 16. He was among the young volunteer blood donors who turned up at a camp in Bhowanipore on Sunday. Many youths like him in the city responded to the call for blood donation. Currently, the state has been reeling under a shortage of blood units.
“I have seen my parents donating blood on a regular basis. So the camp organised near my house on Sunday gave me an opportunity to begin my journey as a voluntary blood donor only days after I turn 18,” he said.
TOI on April 21 had reported on organisations like Project Life Force (PLF) making an appeal to youths to donate blood in its camp spread over eight locations in the city for three consecutive days that ended on Sunday. “I feel good that I donated blood for the first time and that the unit that I donated could help a patient in need,” said Krishi Lalka, a Class-XII student of DPS School, Ruby Park.
You have successfully cast your voteLogin to view result“I have a relative who suffers from thalassemia. So, I know how people have to suffer whenever there is a shortage of blood supply. I am happy to have donated blood on Sunday,” said Shalin Vadera, a resident of Hazra. Organised by PLF and others including Lions Blood Bank, Manav Jyot and Bhowanipore Education Society College, 335 blood units were collected during the drive.
“We ensured that Covid-19 preventive protocols were followed during the drive. We thank the youths who responded to our Youth Citizenship Festival,” said Ajay Mittal of PLF.
Source: Times of India