This bank is exclusively for blood

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This bank is exclusively for blood

Technicians working at the laboratory at Jeevadhara Blood Bank in Mysore. .  DH photo by Prashanth H G

Blood-the very word assumes significance when one scouts for a particular blood group during the times of need. If the search yields results, they promise to reward the donor with anything, while in case of vice-versa, they curse their fate. But, many do not know, scarcity of blood can well be attributed to strong rooted belief that ‘donating blood leads to infection’, leave aside helping others.

To disprove the myth, Jeevadhara Blood Bank on Sayyaji Rao road in the city has engaged in various activities since its inception 10 years ago, under the umbrella of Cauvery Social Service Trust. This bank stands distinctly apart from others, for being the only individual such facility exclusively catering to the demand for blood, while other blood banks function in the precincts of the hospitals.

Managing trustee Dr B H Manjunath told City Herald, of late, demand for blood is growing manifold and it was evident with Jeevadhara addressing the need in Mysore, Mandya, Chamarajanagar and parts of Kodagu district too. A blood bag (350 ML quantity) is priced at Rs 650 and it covers only investment part of the service offered, without any profit. Moreover, the price per bag of blood is still low when compared to others in the realm. But, what is impeding the very purpose in general, is a lack of awareness among the masses on donating blood.

Manjunath said, the bank has been conducting several general health check-up camps and also blood donation camps only to create an awareness among the public. Every donor will be awarded with a certificate and a card. It is already eight months in the year and several camps have been conducted. In the previous year alone, 55 camps were held.

According to the norms set by Government of India and Red Cross Society, persons in the age group of 18 to 60 years, irrespective of gender, are eligible to donate blood. It doesn’t mean they can take the noble step according to their whims and fancies. Blood should be donated only once in four months. And, even if you dare to do so, it will be of no help to both the donor and the receiver, said Manjunath.

Explaining about the health benefits it brings, Manjunath said, it keeps the blood vessel clean checking the accumulation of fat content. In the opposite case, the fat deposited around the vessel checks free flow of blood.

 “Hence, blood becomes a life saviour for both donor and receiver”, stressed Manjunath. Once collected, it can be stored for 31 days under a particular temperature. Quoting the response, the doctor said on an average 20 to 25 bags of blood are collected per day at Jeevadhara taking the monthly account to 600 bags. Among them, 30 to 40 per cent are exchanged. A list of whopping three to four thousand voluntary donors came forward at the camps, classified according to the groups is available.

Whenever there is demand, the bank contacts them, he added. Kith and kins of the donors identified with the bank, enjoy the privilege of availing it at the discount of 50 pc.
Plans are in the pipeline to equip the bank with the facility to store platelet, fresh frozen plasma (FFP) and packed cells of every blood groups, Manjunath said.

Girish, Muththanna and Dr Sudhir are the trustees, who are ably assisted by Honnegowda as administrative officer and Dr Radha blood bank officer.

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