Blood donation camp by NSS volunteers
A blood donation camp was organized by the NSS unit in collaboration with GMCH, Chandigarh, in which more than 60 units of blood was donated by both students and the staff members. It is a way of Chitkara University bringing a ray of hope as India faces an acute shortage of blood.
India faces a blood shortage of 3 million units. The problem can be addressed if an additional two percent of Indians donated blood, Health experts say. We need 12 million units of blood every year but just about nine million units are donated. Chitkara University has been religiously organizing blood donation camps every year and students and the faculty members come forward keenly to donate blood.
According to reports, there are 234 million major operations in India, 63 million trauma-induced surgeries, 31 million cancer-related procedures and 10 million pregnancy related complications which require blood transfusions. While talking to people at the camp our NSS volunteers spread awareness about the shortage of blood and why we must donate blood every year. Not only the NSS volunteers, our NCC cadets were also assisting and helping at the camp. Not only boys, even girls came forward and donated blood, eradicating the myth that girls are not strong enough to be donating blood. Overall, the camp was a novel way of addressing a national cause.