A good society survives on the circulation of favours. Blood donation campaign is one of them. It is a therapeutic exercise which approximates to 80 million units of blood donated every year. Human blood is universally recognized as the most precious and essential element of human life. The collection of blood from voluntary, non-remunerated blood donors is an important measure for ensuring the availability and safety of blood transfusion. Adequate and safe blood supply is a demanding challenge in developing countries like India.
The SSG(Social Service Guild) Society, VSSUT Burla, in collaboration with Sanskar Kendra took a quantitative approach on 14 Jan 2018 on the auspicious occasion of ‘Makar Sankranti’ by organising a blood donation camp within the University premises. One of the biggest challenges to blood donation is accessing safe and adequate quantities of blood and blood products. On an average, the campaign witnessed around 450 registrations, out of which 120 were girls and it also included participation from within and outside the varsity. Professor B.B.Pati,VC along with professor Debudatta Mishra, Dean Student Welfare and Professor Priyaranjan Mohapatra, VP of SSG Society inaugurated the camp and encouraged the students for voluntary blood donation. They also expressed their gratitude to the SSG organising society to conduct such a charitable camp. There was an interactive session on why blood donation is necessary, as there is no substitute for human blood. Adults who’s age is more than 17 years with a minimum weight of 50 kg were only eligible for donating blood. Medical professionals and expert nurses from VIMSAR were present for smooth functioning of the event. Moreover, around 30 student volunteers of the host institute were assisting the doctors. The camp went on for the entire day from 8 in the morning till evening. And a sum total of 465 units of blood was collected which met the expected number as calculated. Refreshments including snacks, soft drinks and pastries were served to the donors to re-energise themselves. Blood donors were also given a blood donation certificate of merit to encourage them for further participation. A donor can donate blood on regular interval of 56 days. Blood collected will be stored in the Blood Bank of VIMSAR and will be majorly used for the treatment of various disorders. The shortage of safe blood impacts thalassemia patients, victims of road traffic accidents and trauma, women with complicated pregnancy, cancer patients and those undergoing major scheduled surgeries. It is a myth that donating blood will make the person weak. Anyone with a sound health can freely donate blood .
The student’s coordinator Krushna Chandra Kar, Tapas Kumar Das, Swadesh Kumar, Partha Sarathi Muduli, Hrudananda Prusty, Sourav Panda, Prabeer Behera, Harichandan Mohanty, Roshni Rani Bisoyi and Prajna Smita Das, organised and guided the whole camp. The camp ended with a successful number of donors and active participation of the staff and students. Blood donation is a major concern to the society as donated blood is lifesaving for individuals who need it. Blood is scarce. There is a shortage to active blood donors to meet the need of increased blood demand. Hence, we all must take active participation in such events which serves for a noble cause .