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Students participate in campaign for blood donation

A.V.Ragunathan

Bus touring State to collect blood from donors

Photo: C.Venkatachalapathy.

A State-wide mobile campaign for blood donation in Cuddalore on Wednesday.

CUDDALORE: Blood is a vital fluid for the living as well as those struggling for life after an emergency such as an accident or a surgery. Its importance will be felt when there is a chronic need for blood and a frantic search for the suitable blood group to save a life, said U.Tamilarasi, a second-year undergraduate student in the Periyar Government Arts College here.

She reflects the concern shown by the youth in general for those who are in a critical condition to require blood transfusion. Ms. Tamilarasi was one among the group of students who turned up at Anna Stadium on Wednesday to become part of the State-wide campaign for blood donation, launched jointly by the Tamil Nadu AIDS Control Society and the National Blood Transfusion Council in connection with World Blood Donor Day (observed on June 14).

A National Service Scheme volunteer, Ms. Tamilarasi had come forward to donate blood for the first time. She dismissed the notion that blood donation would sap energy because the body would recoup the requisite quantity of blood within 36 hours.

Her classmate S.Krishnaveni too was of the view that by taking nutritious food the donated blood could be replenished. It was a soothing thought for them that the donated blood would save the life of someone, somewhere. They would not mind donating blood whenever called for.

For S.Muthukumaran, final-year diploma student of Krishnaswamy Polytechnic College, it was the maiden blood donation. Soon after donating blood, he munched biscuits and gulped down the soft drink and a bottle of drinking water supplied by the organisers.

Two ultramodern air-conditioned buses equipped with pushback cushioned seats and cold storage facilities are touring the State, in two different directions — south and north — to collect blood from voluntary donors ever since June 14, and the trip would culminate in Chennai on July 2.

A medical team is being deployed from the district headquarters government hospital to collect the blood from the donors, and at the end of the day, the entire collection would be handed over to the hospital concerned. From men, 350 ml of blood and from women 300 ml of blood each is being extracted.

S.Vidyasankar, Medical Officer (Blood Bank), told The Hindu that after the blood swabs were collected by using fresh needle for each candidate, the blood grouping was determined.

Those in the age group of 18 to 65 years, weighing 45 kg and above, and having Hb count of 12 gm/dl and a blood pressure of 90/60 to 160/100 could donate blood once in three months in the case of male and once in four months in case of female (Because of the menstrual cycle it might require one more month for women to recoup the blood).

Dr. Vidyasankar further said that after a thorough screening blood free from the symptoms of five diseases such as HIV, HBsAg and HAC (two types of hepatitis), malaria and VDRL (venereal diseases) would be put to use.

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