This blood bank is full!

Forty-five-year-old Mukesh Singh, a resident of Barabanki town, about 30 kilometres from here, has only one objective in life and that is to encourage people to donate their blood in the district hospital.
Singh has himself donated blood for 18 times, say the employees at the Barbanki district hospital.

“On the 13th of every month around 40-50 young people line up at the hospital for donating blood and it has been going on like this since February 2009”, they said.
The records of the hospital reveal that about 550 people have donated their blood in the past 11 months and thus made sure that there was no shortage of blood at the hospital.

Mukesh Singh, who also is the district president of the Bhartiya Kisan Union, of course played a key role in pursuading over 500 people to donate their blood.
“Mukesh has ensured that the district hospital has surplus blood...we always have 40-50 units of blood in our stock....nobody dies here for want of blood”, say the doctors.

Singh embarked upon this endeavour after he saw a man dying for want of blood in the district hospital. “It is an attempt to revolutionise the voluntary blood donation campaign....Whosoever I meet I ask him or her to donate blood”, he said.
“There cannot be a more precious gift than life and that’s what I try to tell the people...thankfully I have been able to persuade many of them”, Singh said.
He, however, laments that lack of education regarding blood donation often hampers his work.
DH News Service

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