Parents of children suffering from Thalassemia and other blood-related diseases in the state can now heave a sigh of relief as Kolkata-based NGO Medical Bank has launched a website containing details of blood donors such as names, telephone numbers, addresses and information about their blood group.
Dr Sashi Panja, state minister for Social Welfare and Child Development, inaugurated the website, www.medicalbank.org.in, at a function on Sunday. Sadhan Pandey, state Cooperation minister and Swapan Samaddar, member, Mayor-in-Council of Kolkata Municipal Corporation were also present at the function.
The website has been launched to celebrate 36 years of voluntary blood donation movement in the state.
The movement has also spread to towns and villages and social clubs have come forward to organise blood donation camps across the state.
It may be recalled that when a portion of Vivekananda Road flyover in Kolkata collapsed earlier this year, many Samaritans stood in long queues to donate blood at blood donation camps organised by social welfare organisations.
D. Ashis, secretary of Medical Bank, said the website would carry all details about the donors available throughout the state so that people in need could get in touch with them.
He said there was a serious scarcity of blood with negative groups and the website could help to identify the donors.
The website will be updated regularly. Two hundred people who donated blood to mark the occasion were give tree saplings.
Children belonging to economically-challenged families were given blood tests to find out whether or not they were Thalassemia carriers.