Mega blood donation drive to celebrate PM Modi’s birthday

Current Affairs

  • The Union Health Ministry will start a mega drive for voluntary blood donation, ‘Raktdan Amrit Mahotsav’, from September 17 to October 1, which is National Voluntary Blood Donation Day.
  • According to the official source, the mega drive aims to collect 1.5 lakh units of blood on the first day of the drive on September 17, breaking the previous world record for highest blood donation in a single day. September 17 also coincides with Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s birthday.
  • “For all you know we might create a world record as we saw last year on the same day. The current record mentioned in the Guinness Book is for collecting 80,000 units in a day,” said a senior government functionary aware of the matter, requesting anonymity.
  • The campaign is being launched to increase awareness about the need for regular non-remunerated blood donation and to ensure availability, affordability and accessibility of blood and its components to all, an official said. Presently, there is a huge gap between the demand and supply of blood. As per 2021 statistics, the demand and supply ratio was 1.46 vs 1.25 crore units. The data of people registered for donating blood on the Aarogya Setu App will be made accessible to blood banks or organisations conducting the drive through the e-RaktKosh web portal, the source said.
  • Under the Raktadan Amrit Mahotsav, voluntary blood donors can register on the Arogya Setu portal. Apart from this, registration can also be done on the e-Raktkosh web portal. Each blood bank is being encouraged to organize at least one blood donation camp as part of the mega drive.

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