New Delhi [India], October 1 (ANI): More than 2.5 lakh people have voluntarily donated blood under the Raktdaan Amrit Mahotsav, said Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya on Saturday adding that it has strengthened the noble cause of humanity which will help immensely in saving many precious lives.
While addressing the celebration of the National Voluntary Blood Donation Day held at AIIMS, New Delhi, Mandaviya said, "The success of Raktdaan Amrit Mahotsav has strengthened the noble cause of humanity which will help immensely in saving many precious lives. Blood donation is a noble cause and given our rich culture and tradition of Seva and Sahyog, on the National Voluntary Blood Donation Day, let us all pledge to be always there for someone else and donate blood regularly."
Accentuating the importance of blood donation, the Health Minister said Blood donation is Seva and, it is our responsibility to help each other.
"India's COVID-19 pandemic response was inspired by the rich tradition of lok bhagidari and have showed the way to manage the pandemic and in turn led to world's largest COVID vaccination exercise," he said.
The Health Minister said that Raktdaan Amrit Mahotsav was aimed to blood donation, blood distribution and blood management.
"It has also helped to increase awareness regarding regular non-remunerated voluntary blood donations and ensure that blood or its components (whole blood/ packed red blood cells/plasma/platelets) are available, accessible, affordable and safe. The success of Raktdaan Amrit Mahotsav has strengthened the noble cause of humanity which will help immensely in saving many precious lives. More than 2.5 lakh people have voluntarily donated blood under the Raktdaan Amrit Mahotsav," he added.
The Union Health Minister also felicitated voluntary blood donors and States/UTs that have done exemplary work, rare blood group donors, regular Single Donor Platelets (SDP) donors, women blood donors, regular voluntary blood donors.
Dr Atul Goel, DGHS and Dr M. Srinivas, Director, AIIMS were also present at the event.
The mega voluntary blood donation drive, Raktdaan Amrit Mahotsav was kickstarted by Mandaviya on September 17.
A new world record was achieved on the first day of the camp with over 87 thousand donations.
"New world record! Today I am happy to inform that on the birthday of Prime Minister Narendra Modi ji Raktdaan AmritMahotsav more than 87 thousand people have donated blood voluntarily so far, which is a new world record. This is an invaluable gift from the country to our beloved Pradhan Sevak," tweeted Mandaviya.
"As another remarkable aspect of this nationwide drive, 6,136 camps have been registered for this mega drive along with more than 1.95 lakh blood donors registered so far on E-Rakt Kosh portal," read a statement.
In another step towards ensuring health for all, President Droupadi Murmu launched 'Pradhan Mantri TB Mukt Bharat Abhiyaan' to eliminate TB by 2025, on 9th September 2022.
"Pradhan Mantri TB Mukt Bharat Abhiyan is an extension of Hon'ble Prime Minister's citizen- centric policies and a key step in ensuring enhanced awareness regarding the treatment for TB, a curable disease. The treatment is available free of cost at government health facilities," added the statement.
The initiative has gained momentum and so far roughly 13.5 lakh TB patients have registered on the Nikshay portal, out of which 9.5 lakh active TB patients have given their consent for adoption.
The Ni-kshay 2.0 portal is facilitating in providing additional patient support to improve treatment outcomes of TB patients, augmenting community involvement in meeting India's commitment to end TB by 2025 and leveraging Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) opportunities.
The Nikshay Mitras can also register on the website and more than 15,000 such mitras have registered so far and shown their commitment to provide support for over 9.5 lakh TB patients. (ANI)