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Saturday , June 28 , 2014
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Few come forward to donate blood

The month-long blood donation camp organised at Anugrah Narayan Medical College and Hospital (ANMCH) from June 14 is yet to attract more donors.

The camp has been organised on the directive of National AIDS Control Organisation (Naco) to encourage voluntary donation and discourage replacement donation.

ANMCH blood bank in-charge Naseem Ahmad said: “We have requested the district magistrate to issue directive to officials to take part in the camp.”

Two camps would be organised at Government Railway Hospital and Gaya College on July 1 and July 2 respectively. Rotary Club Gaya Central and Inner Wheel Club Gaya would organise a blood camp on July 7 or 8.

NACO and the drug controller of India have directed all licensed blood banks that there should be 25 camps every year from January to December during which 8,000 units of blood should be collected.

“The target of organising blood camps cannot be fulfilled because of lack of awareness among people,” Naseem said.

The ANMCH administration are distributing posters, banners and handbills to create awareness among people.

“A card is issued to the donor and the names are listed in the donor’s list of Naco. The donor can get a unit of blood free from any government hospital in Bihar and Jharkhand by showing the card,” Naseem said.

The AIDS Control Society, Patna, has appointed college principals as members of Red Ribbon Club to encourage donation among students and teachers.

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