Only around 70% of requirement of blood for emergency patients in hospitals is being met through donors in Kozhikode district in a year, the Health Department has claimed.
With the World Blood Donor Day being observed on June 14, the department is trying to create awareness about blood donation to make more people come out voluntarily for the purpose.
P.P. Pramod Kumar, District TB and AIDS Control Officer, told the media on Thursday that the blood requirement in the State in a year would be around 4.5 lakh units.
Among government hospitals in Kozhikode district, blood banks were available only at Government General Hospital, Kozhikode, Government Women and Children Hospital, Kozhikode, and Government Medical College Hospital. Many patients were found to depend private hospitals. Dr. Pramod claimed that a proposal had been submitted to the government to set up blood banks at two more hospitals, including at District Hospital, Vadakara.
The district-level event to mark World Blood Donor Day will be held at Malabar Christian College in the city at 9.30 a.m. Babu Parassery, Kozhikode district panchayat president, will open it. District Medical Officer V. Jayasree will be present. A seminar on blood donation and felicitation of blood donors’ groups would follow, Dr. Pramod added.
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