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Woman power in blood donation

- GMCH registers record number of camps thanks to female donors

Dec. 27: The city has witnessed a sharp rise in the number of female blood donors, busting the myth that doing so could lead to health complications among them.

According to data and reports available with the blood bank of Gauhati Medical College & Hospital, the number of female donors has doubled in the past two years.

The blood donation camp at Handique Girls’ College this year was a huge success. Large numbers of girls turned out at the camps organised at various city colleges.

All these camps were organised by the GMCH in association with different organisations.

“The number of female donors was very low till 2010. Parents were reluctant to allow their daughters to donate blood, fearing that there were health hazards like developing anaemia and complications during pregnancy. Teachers also had reservations about encouraging girls to donate blood for the same reason,” a senior faculty member of GMCH told The Telegraph.

But with better health awareness and intensive campaigns by different organisations to encourage blood donations, young girls as well as married women are coming forward for the noble job, he said.

The head of GMCH blood bank, U.C. Dutta, told this correspondent that the ratio of male and female donors in the blood donation camps organised this year was 60:40, which was quite encouraging.

In one camp, organised by a Christian missionary at Jalukbari, 80 per cent of the donors were women.

“By December 31, we are expecting to hold 100 blood donation camps in the city, which would be a record. On January 1, another camp is scheduled at Pragjyotish College. The record number of camps in a single year is proof of the fact that both men and women are contributing,” Dutta said.

D.P. Bajaj, the chairman of the blood bank at Marwari Hospital at Athgaon, said there was an advantage to having more female blood donors. “Women can be great motivators for other family members. They can play the role of motivator as a mother, wife and daughter. We are sensitising lady donors on bringing others along,” Bajaj said.

Sangeeta Choudhury, a bank employee, said she had donated blood twice during the past two years. “I did not feel any weakness nor did I have any other health complications after donating blood,” she said.


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