Raipur Health Minister TS Singh Deo on Friday launched the Blood Donation Month on the occasion of National Voluntary Blood Donation Day.
He flagged off the publicity chariot from his residence office located at Civil Lines to motivate people for blood donation. These publicity chariots will make citizens aware about voluntary blood donation in major haat-bazaars, malls, schools and colleges of Raipur, Bilaspur, Durg and Bhilai.
National Voluntary Blood Donation Day is celebrated every year on October 1 to promote blood donation. This year it is being celebrated on the theme “Give blood and keep the world beating”.
Addressing the gathering on occasion, health minister said that Chief Medical and Health Officers of all the districts have been directed to observe the month of October as Blood Donation Month and organize blood donation camps this month in large numbers.
The health department is working towards setting up blood banks in all the community health centers of the state. He said that at the time of formation of the state, there were only 9 blood banks in Chhattisgarh which have now increased to 95. There are 31 government blood banks operating in 28 districts of the state. In the newly formed Gaurela-Pendra-Marwahi district also, a government blood bank will be started this year.
He added that according to the population of the state, there is a need of 2.55 lakh units of blood every year. Against this, about 2 units are being arranged. The collection of blood in blood banks is being increased every year.