Hans India bags IRCS Award for blood donation initiative
The Hans India received Indian Red Cross Society (IRCS) Award for the Blood donation and Motivation for the year 2017-2018 on the occasion of World Blood Donor Day.
Hyderabad: The Hans India received Indian Red Cross Society (IRCS) Award for the Blood donation and Motivation for the year 2017-2018 on the occasion of World Blood Donor Day.
The Hans India along with HMTV conducted a State-wide blood donation camp on May 1, 2018 where hundreds of people donated blood.
The programme was to serve the voluntary, unpaid blood donors for their life-saving gifts of blood and to raise awareness of the need for regular blood donation and blood products for patients in need. The theme for this year’s World Blood Donation Day is “blood donation as an action for solidarity” and have adopted the slogan, “Be there for someone else. Give blood. Share life”.
Indian Red Cross Society Andhra Pradesh is the single largest procurer and supplier of blood in the state and having 18 blood banks. 86,352 units of blood have been collected during the year 2017-2018 in 1,005 camps and 30 per cent of its collection are given free of cost to the poor patients and thalassemia sufferers.
Governor and President of Indian Red Cross Society ESL Narasimhan gave away the awards to blood motivators from various districts, educational Institutions, IT industry, public sector, Non-Governmental organisations, single day highest blood donation and appreciation cup.
Rachel Chatterjee, Chairman of IRCS Andhra Pradesh branch said that the Red Cross movement is uniquely placed to contribute to the improving the safety and accessibility of the world’s blood supply. The Red Cross and Red Crescent has more than 34 million blood donors globally.
She also added that in India there are 2,760 blood banks of which 166 are IRCS blood banks. The requirement of blood units is estimated at 1.20 crore units annually and we procure around 1 crore units.
BV Papa Rao, Chairman of IRCS Telangana State said that when compared to other State the two Telugu States are doing much better in the field of blood donation. He said “we are working closely with the Telangana Health department and soon we will have 15-17 blood banks in the coming years. We are also planning to set up blood banks in Hitec City, Ranga Reddy and Medchal”.