About 500 youth from different walks of life on Sunday took part in a march urging people to donate blood as the blood banks are running dry in the state.
It started from Sovabazar- Sutanuti Metro station and ended at Medical Bank in Hatkhola. D Ashis, secretary of Medical Bank said there had been an acute crisis of blood in 59 state run blood banks, 35 private blood banks and 16 blood banks run by the Centre. As a result, patients suffering from Thalassemia are in real trouble. Peers of Thalassemia patients are running from pillar to post to get a bottle of blood.
It may be recalled after the Vivekananda Road flyover tagedy, NGOs had organised camps to collect blood to cope with the crisis.
Most of the blood donation camps are organised by political parties but due to election code of conduct they presently cannot organise one. Apurba Ghosh of Voluntary Blood Donors’ Forum and one of the pioneers in organising blood donation movement in West Bengal had requested the ECI seeking permission to hold the camps.
The owner of a private blood bank said the stock of negative group blood is nearly empty. Blood is required in open heart surgery and many surgeons are deferring the dates due blood crisis.
He said all state government should prepare a plan to meet the crisis. They should request the ECI lift the ban on blood donation by political parties if polls are held in summer.