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Plan afoot to encourage voluntary blood donation

VOLUNTARY BLOOD donation in Madhya Pradesh was very poor and there was an imperative need to create awareness amongst public to improve the scenario and those related to various fields of medicine could play a crucial role in this process.

india Updated: Mar 05, 2006 14:16 IST

VOLUNTARY BLOOD donation in Madhya Pradesh was very poor and there was an imperative need to create awareness amongst public to improve the scenario and those related to various fields of medicine could play a crucial role in this process.

These were the main ideas expressed by most of the experts speaking at a State-level workshop on blood transfusion and ways to popularise voluntary blood donation organised here today.

Organised jointly by the State Public Health and Family Welfare Department and Pathology Department of Gandhi Medical College (GMC) Bhopal, the workshop delved into various ways of improving the situation of blood donation and blood transfusion techniques in the State.

Inaugurating the workshop, , principal secretary, health M M Upadhyay said the State Government would provide all support to blood transfusion units and blood donation activities in the State. He hoped the workshop would be helpful in finding out ways to improve the situation.

He added the department in association with the State AIDS control society would soon initiate training programmes for blood donors and technicians involved in collecting blood.

A sum of Rs 1,000 for vehicle and transport facilities and Rs 2,000 for dietary supplements to blood donors would also be provided, said Upadhyay.

The workshop was informed that West Bengal was the leader as far as voluntary blood donation activities were concerned. Almost 80 per cent of blood donation was voluntary there. Similarly, Gujarat came in second place registering almost 60 per cent voluntary blood donation.

In contrast, Madhya Pradesh was almost at the bottom of the voluntary blood donation activities table. State AIDS control society director Saleena Singh, GMC pathology department HOD Dr Neel Kamal Kapoor and other doctors, blood bank officers, technologists and pathologists from all over the State participated in the workshop.