MALKANGIRI :The district administration on Tuesday held an emergency meeting of Red Cross, Blood Bank officials and other stakeholders to take steps for increasing blood collection for the blood bank in District Headquarters Hospital.
It was resolved to conduct three blood donation camps every month to meet the shortage. While there is a demand of 300 units of blood in the DHH every month, only 10 units are available on an average in the blood bank. There is shortage of blood belonging to both rare and common groups.
The blood bank does not have sufficient stock of blood as there has been a decline in the number of voluntary donors in the recent past and government has stopped exchange of blood. Collector Manish Agarwal said donation of blood is purely voluntary and the need of the hour is to motivate people. Agarwal urged the participants and stakeholders to organise regular camps to collect blood to meet the bank’s requirement.