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Awareness drive boosts donation

Thanks to the aggressive awareness drives being run at Gurgaon colleges, the number of young blood donors has witnessed an unprecedented jump this year. Last year, the total number of blood units donated voluntarily by Gurgaon residents stood at 237, whereas, this year the number has already surpassed 338 in less than six months. Vimal Chander Joshi reports.

india Updated: Jun 15, 2011 00:54 IST
Vimal Chander Joshi

Thanks to the aggressive awareness drives being run at Gurgaon colleges, the number of young blood donors has witnessed an unprecedented jump this year. Last year, the total number of blood units donated voluntarily by Gurgaon residents stood at 237, whereas, this year the number has already surpassed 338 in less than six months.

The collection of blood donation has increased for the past few years. In 2008, the figure was just 168 whereas the number increased to 224 in 2009.

“We are expecting the figure to increase as youngsters are sensitised towards blood donation,” said Dr BK Rajora, blood bank manager. To hold blood donation camps the general hospital of Gurgaon has partnered with corporate house ‘Carrier’, Sant Nirankari Bhawan, Red Cross Society and many others.

Last month, the hospital got an overwhelming response when 50 units were collected at the camp at Sant Nirankari Bhawan in sector 21 and 47 units were donated in Sohna.

On Tuesday, however, there was a lukewarm response when only 27 people had turned up at the camp organised in collaboration with the Red Cross Society.

The only driving force for voluntary donors is the pure altruism and not the certificate they are given at blood donation camps. Sushil Kaushik, a 26-year-old engineer working with a company in Udyog Vihar has donated blood around 18 times in past eight years. “I ensure that I donate a unit every six months. For a year and a half, when I was in Bangalore, that time also I didn’t let go of the habit,” said Kaushik.

As a student of CR Polytechnic, Rohtak in 2003, he donated blood to save the life of a patient admitted in PGIMS Rohtak, which is located quite close to our college. Kaushik did so on the request of patient’s husband who had come pleading to the college student on the advice of a doctor.

“The feeling of saving someone’s life was so gratifying that I started donating every few months after that day,” he added.

It’s a wrong notion that one feels tired on donating blood. It’s true that you feel a sense of exhaustion, but that happens only for two days after you donate. But soon after, the regeneration starts taking place, which makes you as fit as earlier. Kaushik’s wife initially dissuaded him from proceeding with his regular blood donation endeavour. But when she realised that it doesn’t have any adverse effects on his health, she got convinced and has even agreed to join him next time I go to donate blood.

Being an inter university kabaddi player who won gold medals thrice, Kaushik’s health has always been perfect which encourages him to donate blood without a tinge of inhibition. Unfortunately, he couldn’t donate it on the World Blood Donor Day (on June 14) as he had donated blood two weeks ago