As part of the Navy Day celebrations, the Eastern Naval Command organised blood donation camp at Naval Dockyard Dispensary here on Wednesday.

The camp, inaugurated by Admiral Superintendent of Naval Dockyard Rear Admiral A.K. Saxena, was held in association with King George Hospital, INHS Kalyani and A.S. Raja Voluntary Blood Bank.

Close to 600 volunteers donated blood where the units collected were handed over to the KGH Blood Bank. Due to the overwhelming participation, the team has decided to organise another camp at the Station Health Organisation, near INHS Kalyani on November 30.

Various facts and myths related to blood donation were brought to the fore during the camp by medical director of A.S. Raja Voluntary Blood Bank A. Sugandhi. The importance of voluntary blood donation was highlighted by medical officer of KGH’s Blood Bank K. Shyamala Devi. She said that every year the shortfall of the blood units’ was totalling to 30 to 40 per cent.

“Each unit of blood can be separated into multiple components like red cells, white cells, plasma and platelets which can further be used to save lives of four patients. A healthy adult can safely donate blood three to four times a year,” she said.

Another camp to be held at Station Health Organisation, near INHS Kalyani, on November 30