Special Correspondent

VIJAYAWADA: All arrangements are in place for the mega blood donation camp being organised by the Indian Red Cross Society, the Krishna district administration and the Tiranga Committee at Indira Gandhi Municipal Corporation Stadium on Tuesday.

The camp will begin at 9 a.m. and continue up to 5 p.m., while Governor N.D. Tiwari will pay a visit from 1.20 p.m. to 2.30 p.m. The Governor is arriving by a State Government chopper, which will land at the municipal stadium in Ajit Singh Nagar at 1 p.m. He will leave at 4.30 p.m.

District Collector N. Sridhar, Lagadapati Rajagopal, MP, and others paid a visit to the stadium to oversee arrangements for donation of blood by an expected 20,000 volunteers. As many as 1,000 nurses and 200 doctors are participating in the camp, for which 40 blood banks across the State have pledged support.

‘Donate blood’

Mr. Sridhar exhorted those who have not donated blood even once to come forward and volunteer on Tuesday. Addressing a meeting of the secretaries of the Indian Red Cross Society from all the districts in the State, the Collector said there were between 8 lakh and 10 lakh people in the district who could donate blood but just a few thousands were donating blood regularly.

Saying only those who had already donated blood were being made to donate it repeatedly, he urged first-timers to donate blood at the mega donation camp.

The Collector said there would be adequate doctors and paramedics to take care of the volunteers before and after they donate blood.

Indian Red Cross Society State secretary Justice A. Lakshmaiah said that between five per cent and ten per cent of the healthy people in the State were donating blood.

He said such camps would be helpful in eradicating the misconceptions on donation of blood.