- Metro cities like Mumbai, Pune face the shortage of blood during summers as many people travel outside the city for vacations.
- In order to motivate people to donate blood, a brother-sister duo from Pune are on a Maharashtra tour to create awareness among people.
- Snehal and Manesh started their journey on May 02 and will conclude it on May 10, fanning across 18 cities in the process.
In order to curb the shortage of blood during the summers, the Maharashtra State Blood Transfusion Council (SBTC), appeals all the blood banks to organise blood donation camps in the months of April and May. However, still, the metro cities face a shortage of blood during the summers.
To spread awareness about blood donation among the general people, a brother-sister duo, Snehal and Manesh Bangad from Pune, are touring Maharashtra.
While speaking to My Medical Mantra, Snehal, said, “My father is the founder of a trust – Raktache Nate (blood relation). So, for many years, we have heard and know the importance of blood donation. We started donating blood when we turned 18, and every three months we donate it. Till now, we have donated blood 50 times. So, we decided to set out on Maharashtra tour to spread awareness among people.”
“During our tour, we will visit 18 metro cities in Maharashtra. Solapur, Latur, Nanded, Yavatmal, Nagpur, Akola, Jalgaon, Aurangabad, and Jalana are the few main cities that we will visit. We have also organised blood donation camps in nine cities,” added Snehal.
A city like Mumbai requires around 25,000 blood donors, to fulfil its requirement of blood every month.
Snehal says, “Our focus is to reach out to the youngsters, and emphasise the importance of blood donation on their minds.”
The SBTC had conducted a meeting with the blood banks in March, appealing them to organise voluntary blood donation camps to meet the need.