Friday, March 24

Bloody good Sunday: Coffee House adda shifts to Maidan, for a cause

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Despite the rain on Sunday, over 100 blood donors turned up at Brigade ground (opposite SAIL building) to be a part of the city’s first blood donation camp at the venue generally used for rallies. The camp organized by College Street Coffee House Social Service Association was the first initiative on behalf of the city’s book hub (boi para) for hundreds of serious patients being denied blood amid a pandemic since donors are scared of getting infected at hospitals.

A large crowd gathered at the venue during the day to sign up for the event. But several could not be accommodated for want of infrastructure. “Unlike traditional blood donation camps, this was held inside a specially designed air-conditioned bus. Capacity of each of these buses is 50. We were allotted two such buses. That is the reason why we had planned to accommodate 100 donors. We have planned to organize another camp soon to accommodate all those who pledged today,” said a member of the association.

Somnath Mallick, who donated blood on Sunday, said, “We need to understand that serious patients are being denied treatment for want of blood. If people don’t come forward at this critical hour more lives will perhaps be lost to cancer, thalassaemia or other life-threatening diseases.”

According to Jayanta Aich, a regular donor and one of the members of the association, said they need to spread the message that by donating blood in a safe environment people won’t get infected by the deadly virus. “One of the reasons for organizing this year’s blood donation camp at Brigade was to attract the attention of the citizens to a severe crisis of blood in the state’s blood banks due to the pandemic. We have been successful today and our endeavour will continue throughout the year,” Aich said.

According to another association member, the next camp will be organized on College Street in a couple of months, which would hopefully have better infrastructure and the association would be able to rope in sufficient donors.

Source:Times of India

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