Doctors at Fortis Escorts Hospital Jaipur sensitize the public around the importance of and need for voluntary blood donation
India: To commemorate World Blood Donor Day, doctors at Fortis Escorts Hospital Jaipur raised awareness around the importance of blood donation, encouraging people across the country to donate, especially in light of the pandemic which has resulted in many blood banks running dry. In alignment with the theme of this year, ‘Give blood and keep the world beating’, doctors at Fortis stressed on the need for voluntary blood donation to allow from a sufficient supply during emergency situations.
Amid the pandemic there was a drastic reduction in the number of donors visiting hospitals along with the cancellation of several voluntary blood donation camps. This resulted in low stock at blood banks, causing the supply chain to choke. There has been a steep decline in the units of blood collected and in the number of blood camps since the national lockdown that began in March 2020 – despite National Blood Transfusion Council (NBTC) advisory recommending that donation services continue with precaution.
Dr Himanshu Sharma, Additional Director, Blood Bank, Fortis Escorts Hospital, Jaipur said, “Since the pandemic started, there has been 60% decrease in blood donors. People have stopped visiting hospitals and are afraid to come to the hospital, as they feel they might contract the virus. Additionally, lockdown has led to the shutdown of schools and colleges, where blood donation camps were frequently organized. Now as cases decline, we urge donors to come forward and donate blood and plasma. One year into the pandemic, hospitals and camps have established safety protocols which ensure complete safety.
Mr. Neerav Bansal, Zonal Director, Fortis Escorts Hospital, Jaipur, Rajasthan said, ‘’We at Fortis Hospital are taking utmost precautions so that hesitancy among patients to visit the hospital is broken. It is important that people understand the need of donating blood during this crucial time. The National Expert Group on Vaccine Administration for COVID-19 (NEGVAC) in its recommendations said that an individual can donate blood after 14 days of either receipt of COVID-19 vaccine or testing RT-PCR negative. Regularly donating blood can help you with good health reduced risk of cancer, liver and pancreas which helps in improving cardiovascular health and reducing obesity. As a responsible healthcare delivery provider, we will do everything in our power to ensure that you can safely donate blood whenever possible.”
About Fortis Healthcare Limited
Fortis Healthcare Limited – an IHH Healthcare Berhad Company – is a leading integrated healthcare services provider in India. It is one of the largest healthcare organizations in the country with 36 healthcare facilities (including projects under development), 4000 operational beds and over 400 diagnostics centers (including JVs). Fortis is present in India, United Arab Emirates (UAE) & Sri Lanka. The Company is listed on the BSE Ltd and National Stock Exchange (NSE) of India. It draws strength from its partnership with global major and parent company, IHH, to build upon its culture of world-class patient care and superlative clinical excellence. Fortis employs 23,000 people (including SRL) who share its vision of becoming the world’s most trusted healthcare network. Fortis offers a full spectrum of integrated healthcare services ranging from clinics to quaternary care facilities and a wide range of ancillary services