A total of over 1,35,000 units of were being collected per year in various voluntary blood donation camps, and this number will further improve with the increase in people's awareness, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik said here on Tuesday.
Speaking at a function organised at Jayadev Bhavan to mark the National Voluntary Blood Donation Day, Mr. Patnaik thanked all the government, semi-government and private organisations who had contributed immensely to this life saving movement.
“As there is no way found till now to produce blood artificially, voluntary blood donation is the only way out to save patients requiring blood. We, therefore, need to appropriately inform, educate and sensitize people for voluntary blood donation,” he said.
The Chief Minister further said that availability of blood was not enough. “We have to have adequate quantity of safe blood and accessibility to blood is even more important. The need of the hour is continually improve and upgrade the availability of safe blood and blood products, and to facilitate a self sustaining blood transfusion service.”
Informing that the State had as many as 82 blood banks and 12 blood component separation units, Mr. Patnaik announced that the State government had decided to set up two blood component separation units at Koraput and Keonjhar, which will be of great help for dengue patients in remote areas.
Among others who spoke on the occasion include Health Minister Damodar Rout, Member of Parliament Prasanna Patsani, legislators Ashok Panda and Bijoy Mohanty and Secretary of Odisha Branch of Indian Red Cross Society Mangala Prasad Mohanty.