Prakasam District Collector Anita Rajendra took the lead in donating blood on the eve of Independence Day on Tuesday.

About 20 differenly-enabled persons moved able-bodied persons by volunteering to donate blood along with ‘Bharat Nirman’ activists.

Doctors examined the Collector’s health condition before accepting her offer. Officials from various departments, including DWAMA Project Director A.Ramesh, SC Corporation ED M Raju, as also staff from the Zilla Parishad and Education Department, were among those who donated blood.

Doctors at the adjoining Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Medical Sciences donated blood.

The students of RISE college also donated blood on the occasion.

The Collector later inaugurated ‘Jeevan Dhara’ outlet to make available quality medicines at affordable prices for all.

Over 330 generic medicines are made available to common people at 50 to 80 per cent a lesser price compared to branded medicines, RIMS director B. Anjaiah said. Unbranded generic medicines were being made available through Jeevan Dhara store.

They were cheaper but in no way inferior in quality, efficacy, and safety to branded medicines, he said.

DRDA Project Director A. Padmaja said one such store would be soon opened at the Area Hospital in Chirala to sell quality medicines at substantially lower prices for the benefit of patients suffering from various ailments, including chronic ones.