To combat dry period in blood banks, railways organise blood donation camps

Most summer months hit a dry patch when it comes to blood being available in banks. To overcome this, the Railway Ministry urged people to donate blood in the blood donation drive they conducted across the city

To combat dry period in blood banks, railways organise blood donation camps
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The summer months from April to June seem to be drier in terms of blood as much as it is, in terms of water. Most summer months hit a dry patch when it comes to blood being available in banks as most blood donors are students and go for a vacation during these months.

“This shortage is a general phenomenon experienced during every summer,” said Arun Thorat, Assistant director of State Blood Transfusion Council (SBTC), “This is mainly because our donors are students who have vacation during these months. Also, people go out of town to attend functions. It causes a dip in the number of donors in summer. We experience shortage of blood in April, May and June.”

Considering the possibility of blood shortage, blood banks activate their network of blood supply during this period. Speaking about this Thorat said, “In summer we contact NGOs, Railway stations and corporate offices to organise blood donation camps. They always cooperate with us. This a precautionary measure to maintain blood supply.”

To overcome this, the Railway Ministry urged people to donate blood. The State Blood Transfusion Council hence conducted blood donation camps across Mumbai and Thane railway stations on June 7. “We have managed to collect 741 units of blood, in total,” added Thorat.

Most donors are students and youth. “Since this is a usual scenario, we did anticipate the condition of blood banks running dry and hence, organised a blood donation camp at railway stations. June 14 is marked as World Donors Day wherein we thank our regular donors. It is also our way of keeping in touch with them,” said Thorat.