VIJAYAWADA: Finding a suitable blood donor in emergency situations is a complex task and more often than not, people do lose lives due to non-availability of blood in time. With a view to make the effort easier, city student M Sai Akash had launched a website (www.motherbloodbank.com), two years ago, where the needy people can directly contact voluntary blood donors in their respective areas.
“The website was launched in 2013 when I was studying SSC. At that time, my best friend had met with an accident and it became difficult for us to find a suitable blood donor. After two hours of continuous struggle, we finally found one. Then, I resolved that no one should struggle like me to get blood in emergency and started the website,” recalls Sai Akash, now pursuing Intermediate.
In the portal, any interested candidates can register themselves as donors and those who want blood should enter the blood group and their area. They will get the contact details of the donors who registered their names with the website and reside in that particular area. “People now don’t have to visit all the blood banks in person, as they can easily find the donors’ list in the website and contact them directly. Since they are finding it difficult to make calls to many donors, we are planning to make certain changes in the portal,” he explained.
These days, nobody has time to think of social causes and there is no better platform than internet to find blood donors. At present, 1.70 lakh donors from across India have registered their names with the website of which 40,000 are from Vijayawada alone. The portal also has more than 150 volunteers to create awareness among people and they conduct free medical camps in colleges and rural areas.
“This website will help bridge the gap between donors and recipients. Meanwhile, there is a dire need to create more awareness about blood donation among people, by setting aside all the myths that continue to occupy their minds. We are also conducting medical camps in colleges and the blood collected from students is being sent to hospitals to cater to the needy,” said N Kumar, an MBA graduate and volunteer of Motherbloodbank.