Symbiosys Technologies, in association with Sahaya, organising the event

Billed as the biggest-ever blood donation camp in the city, Symbiosys Technologies, in association with Sahaya, a voluntary organisation formed by students of Andhra University and volunteers of NSS, on Thursday announced that they would surpass last year’s record of collecting 555 units on December 15.

The organisers said, this time they were expecting a big turnout of donors. At the camp held exactly a year ago, 1,500 students participated, but 90 per cent of them were rejected for low haemoglobin count.

Union Minister of State for Commerce and Industry D. Purandeswari will inaugurate the camp at AU Convocation Hall. Blood collected will be given away to Rotary, Lions, A.S. Raja, KGH, and Red Cross blood banks.

Doctors in-charge of the blood banks told media persons on Thursday that haemoglobin deficiency would cause anaemia, mostly among women.

Haemoglobin deficiency

“Haemoglobin count is less due to undernourishment or excess bleeding due to injury, menstruation, digestive or urinary tract and nasal problem.”

The doctors said a low haemoglobin count could be associated with many diseases and conditions due loss of more red cells than the production. Another reason pointed out by them was due to craze among girls for excess dieting to achieve “size zero.”

Symbiosys Technologies CEO Naresh Kumar said, after the bitter experience of large-scale rejections at the blood camp last year, they had launched a campaign to create awareness on maintaining average haemoglobin levels. Dr. Sugandhi (A.S. Raja Blood Bank), Dr. Shyamala (KGH Blood Bank), Dr. Jaganadham (Red Cross Blood Bank), Dr. Venkateswara Rao (Rotary Blood Bank), and Dr. Durga Prasad (Lions Blood Bank), and Sahaya president M.R.N. Varma and AU NSS Programme Officer N.A.D. Paul were present.

Poster released

Blood donor activist Rajiv Thankur released a poster on mega blood donation camp-2012.

  • Union Minister D. Purandeswari to inaugurate it at AU Convocation Hall

  • Units collected to be given to Rotary, Lions,

    A.S. Raja, KGH, and Red Cross blood banks