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“Blood Mobile” – A Noble Mission on its way

Peter Marshall once said – “The measure of life is not its duration, but its donation.” But does donation all the time refers to money? No, that’s where most of us go wrong many times. The answer to every question cannot be money always, but sometimes, it has to be something that literally can save another person’s life. And what can be a so important donation a person can make to save another person’s life? Yes, the correct answer to that question is ‘Blood Donation’. So, it is just when we got answer to that previous question, another one just pops into our head. The next one is that how can we properly sensitize people, make the channel of donation systematic and bring the entire procedure of storage and supply fully under a synchronized chain in a country where the most of the population, about 70% still lives in villages, along with tribal, who are even more remote to reach. Well, as a solution to that problem in Jharkhand, where mostly tribal population lives, comes there and stretches its hand for good public health, is a government owned organization known to all as “Jharkhand State AIDS Control Society (JSACS)”. This organization, JSACS, as the name suggests, their primary objective to control AIDS (Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome) disease in the state, but since AIDS, in many cases requires blood transfusion, and AIDS is not the only case where blood is required for treatment, this society sensitizes and motivates people for donating blood. The members of this organization also arrange for blood donation camps in various places. But as in a surprising manner, they do it in a unique way by not following the traditional method of camping and taking blood for a long time, rather they embraced modernization and arranged a huge bus with all technical facilities to collect blood of four (4) people simultaneously and also store it. This vehicle, they have named it “Blood Mobile”. The blood collected by this vehicle and these people, are all stored in blood banks of hospitals. But they are only connected to the Government Hospitals and their banks, not that of private ones. Currently, the situation is something like that they’re only connected and store their collected blood in blood bank of “Rajendra Institute of Medical Science (RIMS)”, a government medical college and hospital situated in Ranchi of Jharkhand, and that is because of the infrastructure present there. But they are doing attempts to open blood banks in other government owned hospitals is other districts and places such as Palamou, Sahebganj, Gumla, and not to not mention that their attempts are on their way to be a success.  But don’t get misconceptions, that if you get into any accident in any interior area of Jharkhand, the ‘Blood Mobile’ won’t be there to deliver you blood. Because if there is a person with a medical knowledge about blood transfusion, or there aren’t infrastructure facilities like PHC or CHC near that place, by whom or how will you be given blood? In order to get that, you must have to come to a Government hospital to which they’re connected to, and there, if you can present a card given to you by them while you were donating blood, you will get the equivalent unit of blood you donated for free. If your need for blood for medical causes is more, you either have to talk to doctor, or convince other person to donate their blood at their demanded cost. The validity of the card provided by them to you is one year, means you can get blood in any Govt. Hospital they’re attached to, anywhere that is in Jharkhand. The headquarters of “Jharkhand State AIDS Control Society (JSACS)” is situated in New Delhi and that is where their medical supplies like blood collection pouches, needles etc. arrive from. So that is all we know about JSACS and the ‘Blood Mobile’ and now that you know all these, do not forget to donate blood next time you see the ‘Blood Mobile’ arranging a donation camp, because someone has stated with perfection and truth, a statement as such – “Tears of a mother cannot help or save her Child. But surely, your Blood can.”
By: Kalyan Roy

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