1,500 blood donors from city honoured at PU

The Rotary and Blood Bank Society Resource Centre today held a ceremony recognising 1,500 individual blood donors and camp-organising institutions at a function organised at Panjab University here today.

Additional Secretary, Health & Family Welfare, and Managing Director, NRHM, Anuradha Gupta, Advisor to the Administrator K K Sharma, Panjab University's Vice Chancellor Professor Dr A K Grover, Bollywood actor Kirron Kher, Rotary District 3080's District Governor Manmohan Singh, and BJP leader Sanjay Tandon, were amongst 20 of the city's prominent residents who presented awards to the regular blood donors.

Kanta Saroop Krishen, Secretary of the Blood Bank Society said that the next goal was to launch a campaign to eradicate thalassemia, "Just a blood test before getting married should be mandatory to find out the status of the couple with regard to being thalassemia carriers. Two carriers of thallasemia trait can produce a child with the full blown disease, thalassemia major."

Out of the 1500 blood donors who were honoured are 132 institutions, including corporate, educational institutes, and NGOs, along with star donors, the most active being the Baddi University, Panjab and Haryana High Court, St John's High School, SJOBA and Chandigarh Adventures Treks & Sports (CATS), said Rajan Kashyap, chairman of the managing committee of Rotary and Blood Bank Society Resource Centre.

Amongst the star donors, there were seven who have donated blood more than 100 times, including Bhupender Nagpal, Ajay Malhotra, M L Sarin, Yogesh Sood, Jagtar Singh Benipal, Parveen Punj, and B S Thind.

Those honored on the occasion also included 21 who had donated six or more times, 50 who had donated five times, 47 4-timers, 198 3-timers, and 1029 who had donated twice in the last 18 months (26 January 2011 to 14 August 2012).

The Resource Centre also honored eight persons associated with the Centre since its inception. Chairman of the managing committee of the Blood Resource Centre, Rajan Kashyap, said that blood is a vital component which anyone can donate to save human life. He said that the centre has been actively engaged in promoting voluntary blood donation in the city since 2004.

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