In a blood donation camp organized at Chandigarh University, Gharuan in association with PGI, Chandigarh, GMCH-32 and Rotary Club Kharar more than 800 students and staff members donated blood for the noble cause to save one’s life. PSPCL Director, Er. Surinder Pal Singh, SDM Kharar Amaninder Kaur Brar along with Dr. R.S.Bawa, Vice-Chancellor, Chandigarh University inaugurated the camp in which the students and staff of Chandigarh University participated with great enthusiasm. Harnek Singh, President, Gurmukh Singh, Secretary and Kamaldeep Singh Tiwana, Chairman, Rotary Club Kharar were also present on the occasion along with their team of volunteers to help team of Doctors from PGI and GMCH-32 Chandigarh.
Describing Blood Donation as the noble way to serve society, Surinder Pal Singh, Director, PSPCL said that “Blood Donation is the only donation through which a person can contribute his services towards mankind as many number of times as he wants, whereas other donations in the form of eye donation, kidney donation can only be done in extreme cases”.
NSS unit of Chandigarh University, Gharuan along with its 300 volunteers had organized a mass awareness campaign for the blood donation camp making the students understand the importance of blood donation. Amaninder Kaur Brar, SDM Kharar while interacting with the students congratulated the efforts and live spirit of NSS wing at Chandigarh University for organizing the camp and providing all necessary support for a noble cause. “Students alone can act as torch bearers for promoting the spirit of humanity and social service”, she added.
A team of Doctors from PGI led by Dr. Anita, Blood Transfusion Officer (BTO) and another team from led by Dr. Avneet Kaur Bedi, HoD, Blood Bank, GMCH-32, Chandigarh had made necessary arrangements in order to make the camp a big success. While interacting to the students, team of Doctors said that Chandigarh requires 70,000 units of blood ever year out of which 85% of the demand is met through the blood collected through such volunteer donation camps which makes Chandigarh the city with best transfusion services. However India as nation requires 12 million units of blood annually but the collective collection of more than 2500 blood banks running in India is not more than 9 million units. The main reason attributed towards the shortfall is lack of Public awareness towards blood donation in India, due to which only 8 persons per thousand donate blood in a year in comparison to 50 persons per thousand donating blood in a year in developed countries.