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Madurai Kamaraj University, Government Rajaji Hospital join hands

Shastry V. Mallady

MADURAI: The Government Rajaji Hospital (GRH) here has come out with a contingency plan, in collaboration with the Madurai Kamaraj University by involving students in voluntary blood donation, to meet the `summer shortage' of blood.

A plan of action was discussed at the National Service Scheme (NSS) advisory committee meeting conducted on the campus on Friday.

"As the colleges will be closed during summer vacation, blood donation through camps will be affected. So an alternative arrangement is being made wherein NSS units in colleges will mobilise students to come to the GRH and donate blood in groups every day," V. Velusamy, Medical Officer of the GRH Blood Bank, said.

According to Dr. Velusamy, the hospital plans to make transport arrangements for students from colleges to the hospital.

The blood bank authorities have suggested to the colleges and the MKU that the students who voluntarily donate blood be given recognition, with their names being displayed on notice boards.

A similar model of student-involved blood donation has been mooted for rural areas through local colleges. The colleges would be asked to adopt blood banks at government hospitals, Dr. Velusamy said. The share of students in blood collection at the GRH has been significant.

Another idea discussed was the adoption of four important wards cardio- thoracic, labour, accident and cancer by students, who would donate blood at times of emergency.

Vice-Chancellor P. Maruthamuthu, Syndicate member I. Ismail, and NSS programme coordinator S. Raju, attended the meeting.

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