KOLKATA, 14 JUNE: Central blood bank today organised a seminar followed by a blood donation camp to mark World Blood Donors Day.
The health officials who attended the function unanimously agreed that awareness on donating blood has increased manifold over the years as evident by the rise in the number of blood donation camps held across the state.
Mr Arobindo Bala, the joint director of blood safety, said that the major portion of the 9 lakh unit of blood required annually by the state is collected through voluntary donation.
The head of the department of IHBT at Calcutta Medical College, Mr Krishnendu Mukherjee emphasised on the rationale use of blood. "Doctors should be very careful while using blood and they must ensure that not even a single drop is wasted."
The director of Central Blood Bank Mr SN Guchait, dismissed the myths regarding blood donation and said that each drop of blood can save someone’s life in tune to this year’s theme "Every blood donation is a gift of life-Donate blood and give a gift of life."
A blood donation camp was also held where people turned up in large numbers to donated blood. Several programmes were held by social organisations across the city to mark the day.  Blood donation movement began in West Bengal in the late 1980 with Voluntary Blood Donors’ Association with its office on Fordise Lane in central Kolkata.
Almost all social welfare clubs in the state took up the issue.  sns