Over one lakh people donated blood on Saturday as part of the fortnight-long 'Raktdaan Amrit Mahotsav', which began on Prime Minister Narendra Modi's birthday, creating a "world record" for single-day donations, Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya said.
The previous record was set on September 6, 2014 -- 87,059 participants. It was achieved by the Akhil Bhartiya Terapanth Yuvak Parishad at 556 blood donation camps across 300 cities in India.
Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya, who also donated blood at a camp set up at Safdarjung Hospital here, urged citizens to register on the Aarogya Setu app or e-Raktkosh portal to donate blood as part of the 'Raktdaan Amrit Mahotsav', which will be held till October 1 -- National Voluntary Blood Donation Day.
"New world record! Today I am happy to inform that on the birthday of Prime Minister @NarendraModiji more than 87,000 people have donated blood voluntarily so far under #RaktdaanAmritMahotsav, which is a new world record. This is an invaluable gift from the country to our beloved Pradhan Sevak," Mandaviya said in a tweet in Hindi around 7.42 PM.
Later once the data was updated, he tweeted, "1,00,000 crossed"
The counting of individuals who donated blood on day one was still going on, officials said.
As part of the drive, over 6,000 camps have been approved across the country and over two lakh (2,07,313) donors have registered themselves on the e-Raktkosh portal which has been linked with the Aarogya Setu app, the data on the portal till 10.25 pm showed.
Also, 1,00,506 people have voluntarily donated blood.
"Blood donation is a noble cause and given our rich culture and tradition of Seva and Sahyog, I urge and appeal to all citizens to come forward and donate blood as part of the countrywide mega voluntary blood donation drive - Raktdaan Amrit Mahotsav.
"Donating blood not just fulfils the national requirement but is also a great service to society and humanity," Mandaviya said earlier.
The drive aims to collect close to one lakh units of blood in a day besides raising awareness about the need for regular non-remunerated voluntary blood donations.
One unit translates to 350 ml of blood. The minister said, "Raktdaan Amrit Mahotsav is part of bigger celebrations of the Azadi ka Amrit Mahostav".
The campaign aims to increase awareness about regular non-remunerated voluntary blood donations and ensure that blood or its components (whole blood, packed red blood cells, plasma, platelets) are available, accessible, affordable and safe.
According to the 2021 statistics, India's annual blood requirement is around 1.5 crore units. In every two seconds, a patient in India needs blood and one out of every three people will need blood in their lifetime, Mandaviya said.
"Despite the technological advancements, there remains no alternative to blood and one unit of blood can save as many as three lives," the minister noted.
He met the donors at the camp and appreciated their efforts. Removing myths surrounding blood donation, the minister said, "A person has five to six litres of blood in his or her body and can donate blood every 90 days."
A body can recover blood very quickly -- blood plasma volume within 24 - 48 hours, red blood cells in about three weeks and platelets and white blood cells within minutes.
The shelf life of the donated blood is 35 to 42 days. It is also processed into components such as plasma, red blood cells and platelets. Frozen plasma can be used for up to a year, while red blood cells can be used for up to 35-42 days. Platelets need to be used within five days, the official said.
The nationwide drive is supported by the centralised blood bank management information system 'e-RaktKosh portal', which will act as a national repository of blood donors.
This will ensure a robust record of blood donors and will expedite blood availability when in need, he said.
Mandaviya also released a book titled 'Footprints on the Sands of Time', showcasing the contribution of Safdarjung Hospital towards healthcare.
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First Published: Sep 18 2022 | 7:53 AM IST