Pune: Ruby Hall Clinic has organized a week-long blood donation drive from the 14th to the 21st of June, 2016 to mark the World Blood Donor Day.Blood is precious, more so in our country which suffers from an acute demand-supply gap. Every 2 seconds, someone somewhere is in need of blood. As the pace of life has increased, so has the frequency of accidents and lifestyle diseases. According to statistics, one person dies every six minutes and ten are injured in the same time frame. Non availability of blood is one of the major causes of death. This World Blood Donor’s Day,
India is facing a dire shortage of blood and its components. The shelf-life of donated blood is 35 to 42 days. There is a constant need to replenish stocks in our blood banks. The problem could be addressed if only two percent more Indians donated blood regularly. The average adult has about 10 pints of blood in his body. Roughly 1 pint is given during a donation. Anyone between the age group of 18 to 65, weighing above 45 kgs, and having a haemoglobin level of 12.5 or above can easily donate blood. The blood donated is less than half of the extra blood that your body does not need.
Elaborating further on this activity, Dr. Snehal Mujumdar, Head of Department – Blood Bank says, “ Technology has resulted in helping the medical industry progress by leaps and bounds. Advancements in the industry have helped in the separation of blood components. A consequence of this has been the rational and optimum use of blood, reduced side effects as well as the use of blood for more patients. The quality of blood needs to be looked at as well. Ruby Hall Clinic’s renovated and upgraded blood bank is technologically strong and uses automation and the latest technology to perform a number of procedures like blood screening, separation of blood components and apheresis platelet concentrate. The progressive blood centre also provides leucoreduction and irradiation amongst a host of other services under one roof for improved patient outcomes.”
Commenting on this occasion, Mr. Bomi Bhote, CEO Ruby Hall Clinic said, “ Giving blood voluntarily is the highest form of solidarity a person can show. It costs only a few minutes of our times but makes an immeasurable difference to those in need. The campaign aims to highlight the need to spread awareness about this noble act of blood donation. At the same time we would like to encourage people in good health who have never given blood, particularly young people, to begin doing so. Every year we receive immense support from blood donors and this only shows their unrelenting spirit of solidarity. We are confident this campaign will only grow year by year.”
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