The human face of Kolkata has once again been seen with clubs and welfare groups organising blood donation camps to meet the crisis. There has been acute crisis of blood throughout West Bengal as no blood donation camps could be held in the past two and a half months due to elections.
As mostly political parties organise the camps there was an embargo once the code of conduct came into force. There are 59 state run blood banks in the state while those run by private agencies is 35 and the number of Centre run blood bank is 16.
Most of the blood banks are dry and relatives and parents of children suffering from Thalassemia are running from pillar to post to get a unit of blood. The annual requirement of blood annually is 10 lakh units while around 7 lakh units are collected every year.
Responding to the appeal by the NGOs working in this sector several clubs have come forward to organise blood donation camps. Baisnabghata Ujjal sangha is organising a blood donation camp on Sunday. The blood collected will be given to the Institute of Child Health.
Blood donations camps will be organised by Bondhudal at Sinthee More and Baguiati Tarun Dal on Sunday. The clubs have carried out campaigns urging the residents to donate a bottle of blood.