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Police to donate 50 units of blood every day to help tide over crisis; Kolkata clubs chip in, too

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The Kolkata Police on Wednesday kicked off an initiative to donate 50 units of blood every day for a whole month to tackle the shortage.

Chief minister Mamata Banerjee dropped in at the inauguration with police commissioner Anuj Sharma. Banerjee also interacted with a few donors. The initiative prompted many civilians to come forward. Even celebrities, including singer Timir Biswas, donated blood on Wednesday.

On Sunday, additional officer-in-charge of Bowbazar police station Siddhartha Chatterjee donated blood at the Central Blood Bank in Maniktala. His urgent intervention helped save the life of Kanika Gupta who was in acute need of A+ blood.

A Swasthya Bhawan msource said, “Bengal had a daily requirement of 2,400 units of blood. Now, the requirement has gone down to 800-1,000 units. We have been able to meet that demand from inhouse donations and camps.” Malay Ghosh, director of RG

Kar Medical College & Hospital blood bank, said, “We are expecting to collect at least 70 units of blood from two or three camps in Belgharia, Baranagar and Belgachhia.”

Vikas Jaiswal, who lives next to the Central Blood Bank, has already organized two voluntary donation camps. “I involved my family and friends, gave them masks, got them sanitized before starting the donations. We had a total of 42 donors,” Jaiswal said.

Members of Milansree Club on Ganesh Chandra Avenue got in touch with citybased NGO Project Life Force expressing their interest in voluntarily donating blood. Suman Paul, the club president, told TOI, “Nearly 200 of our members were willing to donate blood. But keeping the government guidelines in mind, only 30 of us will be allowed to donate on Thursday.”


Source: Times of India

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