Taking steps towards a brighter tomorrow for the country, Jaipur Engineering College and Research Centre organized its annual blood donation drive on 8th of October. Promoted with the tagline ‘Donate Blood and Be Someone’s #SUPERHERO’, the event was a success as the number of donors went up to 1757 who were eligible to donate the blood.
Cabinet Minister of Social Justice and Empowerment Mr. Arun Chaturvedi was invited as the chief guest. Mr. Damodar Modi, a notable social activist, presided over the drive.
JECRC ensured that the keen donors go through a proper administered health checkup before they could donate. “The response was really overwhelming. We felt sad that many were denied the opportunity to donate due to low hemoglobin, minor infections, or other reasons, but were so happy to see the intention and drive they added to the event,” said Director of JECRC Amit Agarwal.
India needs 40 million blood units every year, out of which only 400 thousand is available for supply. The remaining needs to be obtained from friends, family or other paid/voluntary donors. At times this high level of scarcity even proves to be fatal for the patient.
Director of JECRC Amit Agarwal said that this is what they keep in their minds and it drives them to their goal. With the aim of making sure that nobody dies of blood scarcity, the college even has a dedicated social club named “Aashayein-The Life Saviours“, which responds to blood & SDP requirements in Jaipur throughout the year by providing voluntary donors. The club has already saved about 350 lives, this year alone through SDP and on call Blood Donations.
The minister in his address highlighted the role of educational institutes in such social affairs and congratulated the college for being a pioneer in this field as well. Major hospitals of the region such as Mahatma Gandhi, SDMH, SMS along with Paras from Jodhpur arrived in the campus to be a part of this drive. With free eye check up camp conducted by Anand Hospital, Jaipur, the drive offered an insight into the donors’ general health as well.