Pat for blood donors

Gopal Bhattacharya (55) has donated 69 units of blood in the last 37 years and wants to continue doing it till his body permits.

By Our Correspondent in Dhanbad
  • Published 11.09.18
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Dhanbad: Gopal Bhattacharya (55) has donated 69 units of blood in the last 37 years and wants to continue doing it till his body permits.

A resident of Dhaiya in coal town, he was 18 when he donated blood for the first time to save the life of his friend.

On Monday, the health, medical education and family welfare department felicitated his outfit, Bengali Welfare Society, and 41 other organisations for donating blood in 2017.

"The first time I donated blood at a camp was in 1993. Since then, I have participated in over a dozen camps besides visiting hospitals regularly to help people in need," he said.

Indrajeet Verma (23), a BTech final year student of IIT (ISM) said, "IIT(ISM) students' society, Fast Forward India, donated 535 units of blood last year. " At the function, representatives of all the 41 organisations were given a memento and a citation by Patliputra Medical College and Hospital superintendent T. Hembrom.

Some of the prominent organisations which were felicitated include Mahuri Samaj Giridih which donated 202 units, Rotary Club of Dhanbad (187 units) and BIT Sindri (107 units).

"Since my blood group AB+ is rare, I try to help people in need by donating blood every three months. I feel that nothing could be more useful than giving blood to a person battling for his life in hospital," said Bhattacharya, the president of the society which donated 301 units last year.

Bhattacharya, who is in construction business, had graduated in botany from PK Roy Memorial College here way back in 1983.