CHANDIGARH: An unusual energy and excitement was witnessed among the Tricity residents this World Blood Donor Day with more than 500 donors turning up to donate blood at the various camps held throughout the city. In all, 225 litre of blood was collected from these camps.
PGI’s two camps and a mobile donor van saw 258 blood donors walking in. Government Multi-Specialty Hospital Sector 16 (GMSH)’s camp at Indian Medical Association recorded 100 donors. Besides, PGI also sent a team to Government Medical College & Hospital, Sector 32, where 80 people donated blood.
On the other hand, private hospitals recorded 200 people donating blood. An old age home in Sector 15, Panchkula, saw 60 people donate blood which was a great step to motivate others to organize such camps.
“I have been donating blood since the last three years, and today was my 50th donation. I feel great every time I do this noble deed and help save others’ lives. Not only this, I even try to motivate others around me to donate blood. So far, I have motivated five people to donate blood,” said Seema Ghai, a resident of Sector 15, Panchkula.
Although the blood donation camps this year saw a good hike in the number of donors, the number of women donors was disappointing. Besides this, a large number of youths were seen taking part at the activities in the camps. “I donated blood for the first time as I turned 18 this year. While donating, I felt blissful at the mere thought that this would in help someone in their battle for survival. I am thankful to my parents who motivated me. They had been donating blood since the last three years,” said Sneha Rajput, a resident of Sector 51.